Dozens of other pirate IPTV and streaming domains in the sights * TorrentFreak
There is a lot of information that can help anti-piracy groups develop a strategy to combat a violating site or service.
Things like IP addresses, domain details, hosting companies, and payment processor accounts all play an important role, but among all of them, real names and physical addresses are considered gold for investigation.
With these details in hand, a targeted and strongly worded cease and desist notice may be sufficient to remove a service from the Internet. Of course, this information usually does not hang around.
With luck, they may be available from companies providing services to pirate sites. Domain companies, Cloudflare and similar entities may be required to provide this information in response to a DMCA subpoena filed by copyright holders. As a result, Motion Picture Association studios and ACE anti-piracy partners regularly go to court in the United States for intelligence to use in investigations and lawsuits.
New DMCA Assignment – Pirate IPTV
Filed just before Christmas by the MPA and ACE, the first request seeks the cooperation of Cloudflare in handing over all information held by the company relating to five areas related to pirate IPTV operations.
“[Y]You are required to disclose to the Motion Picture Association, Inc. (on behalf of CAOT members) sufficient information to identify offenders. This would include individuals’ names, physical addresses, IP addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, payment information, account updates and account history, âthe summons said.
Target areas include hypersonic-tv.com which at the time of writing appears to be offline. It is not yet known if this is related to an MPA / ACE investigation. What is clear from the documentation filed with the court is that the film companies have accessed Hypersonic’s VOD library and confirmed that two films (2 Fast 2 Furious and Joker) are being offered illegally.
Another target, apollogroup.tv is the domain of provider Apollo Group TV, a fairly expensive service that starts at $ 24.99 per month and claims to offer an “on-demand VOD library of over 5,000 ad-free movies and TV shows.” Once again MPA / ACE has access to the service and has confirmed that the Soul and Fast & Furious 9 movies are offered illegally.
Beastiptv.us is the domain of Beast TV, which claims to offer over 9,000 channels and a library of 3,000 channels on its VOD service. Once again, the studios have access to the platform and have informed the court that the Netflix movie Extraction is being made available without permission.
Topdhosting.com is the domain used by the IPTV provider Topdog TV and fitiptv.com is operated by FitIPTV. The latter not only sells subscriptions to end users but also offers reseller accounts in addition to a restream service that can be used to deliver streams to an application, for example.
Time will tell if Cloudflare does indeed have any useful information to convey, but the subpoena is further evidence that VOD services attract lawsuits and certainly help studios pursue cases more effectively, especially in the United States. .
The supporting document can be found here (1,2,3, pdf)
New DMCA Submission – Illegal Streaming Sites
The latest DMCA subpoena filed against Cloudflare the week before Christmas targets more than two dozen areas related to more traditional pirate streaming portals on the web.
Accusing the platforms of breaking copyright law by making it easier to access movies such as Godzilla vs Kong, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Tenet, Joker and The Flash, MPA / ACE again seeks help from CDN in unmasking those behind the domains.
It is not yet clear whether any of the sites will be the subject of direct legal action, but there is a pattern forming. In some areas where website blocking orders are available, applicants (studios) must prove that they have made good faith efforts to contact the site operators in advance.
Getting contact information from Cloudflare might allow them to do that and what we’ve seen is a trend for site domain names appearing in DMCA subpoenas to appear before they are blocked by ISPs in places such as the UK in Australia.
Of course, the information may also be used for other purposes, including full-fledged legal proceedings, such as the one recently filed against PrimeWire.
The full list of domains is as follows: tvhai.org, motchill.net, watchsomuch.org, flixtor.to, noonoo1.tv, afdah.video, ilgeniodellostreaming.re, ilgeniodellostreaming.si, ilgeniodellostreaming.cat, ilgeniodellostreaming.moe, ilgeniodellostreaming.mba, igdsiodellostreaming.mba, igdsiodellostreaming.mba, pobreflix.online, superflix.plus, torrentdosfilmeshd2.net, seriesflix2.com, cooz.co, assistironline.net, comoeubaixo.com, megaseriesonline.org, amazflixhd.com, temseries.online, filmesonlinehd1.org, pianku.li
Supporting documents available here (1.2 pdf)