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Dozens of pirate IPTV providers and illegal streaming sites could face anti-piracy disruptions in the weeks and months to come. A new wave of documents filed in a US court show that the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment is already investigating various platforms, including one that appears to pull videos from Warner Media’s official CDN, using Google as a proxy.
When torrent sites, streaming portals and IPTV services suddenly disappear or end up in lawsuits, it is common for users to be taken by surprise.
Social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook and Reddit are suddenly filled with questions seeking information about what happened to Site X or IPTV Service Y, but in many cases potential answers have been available for some time. time.
If a service’s domain has been seized, blocked by ISPs, or an IPTV subscription abruptly terminated in the face of a lawsuit, the first signs of trouble can often be found in DMCA subpoena requests. Americans granted months, if not years, before.
Streaming sites for the future “What happened?” Listing
In recent weeks, the MPA and the Creativity and Entertainment Alliance have obtained new DMCA subpoenas that compel Cloudflare and domain name registry Tonic to hand over the personal information of the people behind dozens of sites and services.
The apps allege the platforms infringed the rights of member studios in a number of movies, including Morbius, Joker, Frozen, Mortal Kombat and Godzilla vs. Kong, as well as the Supernatural and Dark TV series.
The first application requests information about the following web streaming services (Estimated monthly visits based on data from SimilarWeb, over 163 million total visits)
123moviesfree.so (2.9m), 123movieshub.tc (7.4m), 123watchmovies.co (1.3m), 2embed.ru (5.2m), blogdepelis.io (3.3m), cine-calidad.com (7m), cleave .me (1m), cuevana.pro (37.6m), cuevana3.cc (22.6m), d123movies.to (10m), dytt89.com (2.1m), ffmovies.sc (3.1m), pelisplay.co (1.5 m), putlockers.li (7.1m), repelis.red (0.2m), repelis24.co (9m), seriesflix.video (2.4m), hackstore.la (4.7m) , suzihaza.com (7.9m), televisionlibre.net (9m), we-play.live (4.1m), ymovies.to (2.5m), bflix.watch (3.7m), 123moviesfree.love (5m) , pelis24.se (3.3m)
Ymovies.to is also referenced in another DMCA subpoena. It requires the Tonic domain registry to produce information about the owner of the domain due to an alleged violation of the Frozen II and Minions movies.
Cloudflare Subpoena (1,2,3 pdf) Tonic Subpoena (1,2, pdf)
IPTV vendors, vendors, enablers and resellers remain key targets for ACE and therefore regularly appear in DMCA subpoena requests. The last pair lists several domains and requests the production of personal information about them.
“The subpoena requires you to provide information regarding individuals offering infringing material via the domains described above: magistv.net, 6iptv.com, xtremehdiptv.org,” the letter to Cloudflare read.
“This would include individuals’ names, physical addresses, IP addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, payment information, account updates and account history.”
DMCA subpoena requests for IPTV platforms are a bit more detailed than those submitted against standard sites. In addition to detailing the allegedly infringed content (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, for example), the main domain, and a portal URL (like a Stalker directory or an M3U file), backend URLs are also referenced.
In many cases these URLs are simply IP addresses or domains followed by long alphanumeric strings, but sometimes there is a gem to be found.
In a DMCA subpoena targeting Cloudflare, listing vw-source.com and futbollibre.net as alleged infringers of the Supernatural TV series, the main URLs appear to show that Google is being used as an HTTP proxy, to access streams made available through the Official Warner Media CDN. .
Whether any of these sites and services will go down in the weeks and months to come remains to be seen, but the existence of DMCA subpoenas shows that investigations are ongoing. Data held by Cloudflare often goes nowhere due to the company’s less stringent verification processes, but there are plenty of other ways to get insights as well.
IPTV assignments can be found here (1,2 pdf) and here (1,2,3 pdf)