ACE shuts down more illegal streaming sites
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The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment has announced the closure of seven domains linked to illegal streaming services, together generating at least 27 million visits per month. ACE’s interest in these domains dates back to 2020 and was revealed in DMCA subpoenas issued in the United States. A new batch of similar assignments reveals new ACE targets.
There are only three certainties in life: death, taxes, and regular announcements from the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment that more pirate sites have been shut down.
The latest to fall on ACE are all part of an Argentina-based streaming ring variously branded as Pelismart and Pelispop. ACE says seven domains, all belonging to the same operator, were taken down in August following enforcement action in July.
27 million visits per month
ACE says the four most popular domains – pelismart.com, pelispop.me, pelispoptv.com and pelispophd.com – had combined monthly traffic of more than 27 million visits, offering streaming movies and TV shows and for download.
After reuniting with their carrier, ACE said that an agreement has been reached to transfer the domains to ACE and enter into a settlement, the terms of which have not been disclosed.
“This is a huge win for the Latin America-based ACE team as we work to protect the legitimate digital ecosystem across the region,” said Jan van Voorn, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Protection Officer of content for the Motion Picture Association.
“While there are larger services continuing to operate in the region, it is only a matter of time before we shut them down and the operators will no doubt face criminal prosecution in countries where they currently reside.”
Sites identified as targets several months ago
As part of ACE/MPA investigations, groups often obtain DMCA subpoenas in the United States that compel intermediaries such as Cloudflare to forward information to pirate sites.
In November 2020, such a subpoena listed a Pelismart-branded domain as a target. In May 2021, another DMCA subpoena targeting Cloudflare again mentioned Pelismart. Last April, another subpoena citing a Pelispop-branded domain showed that ACE was still on the trail.
Other pirate sites under investigation
DMCA subpoena requests in the United States often provide an early signal that sites are under investigation or other actions, such as site blocking processes in various jurisdictions.
Here are the domains listed in numerous ACE/MPA subpoena requests filed over the past two weeks, which require Cloudflare and Tonic Domains to hand over all the details they have about their customers:
– cardsharingkaufen.to (IPTV)
– scws.xyz (IPTV)
– watchseries.pics (streaming)
– tamilblasters.cloud (streaming)
– 1tamilMV.team (streaming)
– moviehdfree.net (streaming)
– tvshows88.com (streaming)
– baixarseriesmp4.top (streaming)
– comando.to (streaming)
– 0123movie.net (streaming)
– Imable.co (streaming)
– momovod.tv (streaming)
– movieffm.cc (streaming)
– streamblasters.live (streaming)
– streamingcommunity.agence (streaming)
– streamingcommunity.best (streaming)
– cb01.kaufen (broadcast)
– cb01.rodeo (streaming)
– ilcorsaronero.link (streaming)
– eurostreaming.party (streaming)
– eurekaddl.pics (streaming)
– globsalstore.uk (streaming)
– moviestars.to (streaming)
– netcine.to (streaming)
– ondebaixa.com (streaming)
– supertela.org (streaming)
– warezcdn.com (streaming)
– joymovies.123streamcms.bid (streaming)
– sapphirebilling.net (IPTV)
– televisiongratisenvivo.com (IPTV)
– sltube.com (streaming) – Part of StreamLare operation and key application target
DMCA subpoena documents can be found here (1,2,3,4,5,6,7, pdf)