LiveLeak, based in London, was a British video-sharing service launched on October 31, 2006 with a mission to openly display genuine film of politics, war, and many other global events, as well as to inspire and nurture a culture of citizen journalism.
The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (CFAA) is a cybersecurity statute established in the United States in 1986 as an addition to existing computer fraud legislation included in the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984. The legislation makes it illegal to access a computer without authorisation or in excess of authorization.
Liveleak.com Founder Rene Muijrers a citizen of Belgium and the Netherlands is scheduled to go to court in U.S. Federal Court to fight claims he violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1030 while operating www.liveleak.com/ , a well-known citizen journalism website that is now closed. Case 2:21-cv-20054 filed in November by a U.S financial firm against defendants Rene Muijrers, Icon sprl the Belgium corporation that owned Liveleak.com, and its U.S. hosting partner Techie Hosting, Inc. will be determined by a Judge in the Federal District Court of New Jersey. The complaint describes Liveleak.com as “a free video hosting website launched in 2006” which “features videos of breaking news contributed by citizen journalists.”