A federal grand jury has charged eight men behind two the largest illegal streaming operations in the US.
Illegal streaming sites Jetflicks and iStreamitAll were two subscription-based streaming sites. Thousands movies and TV shows were available for subscribers to watch.
Earlier this week, the DoJ disclosed that eight individuals were indicted in a grand jury trial on Tuesday. The indictment says the men were running “two the largest unauthorized streaming services in the United States.”
The charges in the case include conspiracy, criminal copyright infringement, and money laundering, with eight different individuals charged.
The operators are accused running an unlicensed subscription-based service including live broadcast IPTV services. The Motion Picture Association America (MPAA) asked the Department Justice to criminally prosecute these pirate streaming services. The names these services were handed f to DoJ ficials and this case is part those efforts.
The indictment lists the following men as defendants in the case: Kristopher Lee Dallmann, 36; Darryl Julius Polo, aka djppimp, 36; Douglas M. Courson, 59; Felipe Garcia, 37; Jared Edward Jaurequi, aka Jared Edwards, 38; Peter H. Huber, 61; Yoany Vaillant, aka Yoany Vaillant Fajardo, 38; and Luis Angel Villarino, 40.
The DoJ’s announcement says these men reproduced thousands copyright television shows without authorization.
One the defendants left Jetflicks to create a rival streaming service, iStreamItAll. Darryl Polo was also charged with two counts criminal copyright infringement by distribution and four counts money laundering.
Much the content the services featured — over 115,849 television episodes and 10,511 movies — came from other pirate sources. The indictment cites , RARBG and Usenet, and Torrentz as sources for the pirated content. Torrentz shut down in 2016 and was only a search engine with no direct links to infringing content.
iStreamItAll boasted that it had more content than Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and Amazon Prime combined.
These unlicensed services ten sell for accessing the illegal content. Thus they generate money from a subscription service tied to a hardware box. The difference is the content streamed to the box is unlicensed and obtained from already illegal sources.