reporting that the federal government has shut down six websites run by a Florida man that allowed visitors to view Batman and other comic books for free without permission from the publishers or authors.The AP is
ComicBooksFree.com, HTMLcomics.com, and PlayboyMonthly.com were among the domain names run by Gregory Steven Hart that are now in custody of the US Government, which is supposedly run by the most comic book friendly President in US History.
"We have taken civil action to shut down the websites and take custody of the website domains," said Steve Cole, the spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa.
In Nov. 2009, Hart was contacted by the League of Lawyers for Marvel Comics Group, who are also trying to screw over the estate of Jack Kirby.
According to the lawsuit, Hart advised the attorneys that if no company agreed to a revenue-sharing arrangement, he would continue to operate the site without charging users to view the comics.
Among the comic books available on the sites were: Astonishing X-Men, The Simpsons, Dilbert, Peanuts, Batman, Superman, Watchmen and Mad Magazine.