The US and Brazil worked together to remove sites and applications providing pirated American movies and TV shows. In a joint effort named "Company 404", seizure warrants were issued against three names domain commercial sites dealing with the illegal reproduction and distribution of copyrighted works royalties.
The federal law enforcement agency targets online services who illegally provided copies of television shows and movies owned by American rights holders to audiences in Brazil and other countries.
The three domains - megatorrentshd.biz, comandotorrentshd.tv and bludv.tv - provided free of charge access in copyrighted content to site visitors around the world, including feature films, before and after their release, and TV shows.
The megatorrentshd.biz presented about 335 different TV series and about 84 navigation pages, with about 20 movie titles per page. While the comandotorrentshd.tv presented movies and TV shows, with about 10 titles per page, distributed over about 124 navigation pages, the bludv.tv provided users with a choice of approximately 9.500 different entertainment titles.
"Operation 404" was coordinated by the Secretariat of Integrated Operations of Brazil (SEOPI) at the Ministry of Justice and Public Affairs Security of Brazil (MoJPS).
Brian Rabbitt, Deputy Attorney General of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, stated the following: "By seizing these domain names, law enforcement has stopped the illegal reproduction and distribution of thousands of pirated TV shows and movies, while at the same time 'cutting off' profits to illegal actors willing to exploit the hard work of others for their own personal gain. . "The Ministry of Justice, together with our international law enforcement partners, will continue to take enforcement action to locate, seize and remove these sites anywhere in the world."
According to Infosecurity Magazine, the federal government now has custody of the domains. Users trying to access sites that have been removed will receive one notice which will inform them that the intentional infringement copyright is federal crime.
Finally, Derek Benner, Executive Deputy Director of U.S. Homeland Security (HSI) Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said that illegal streaming it is not a crime without victims, but harms the content creators of the shows and at the same time feeds a criminal enterprise, the profits of which support organized criminal efforts.