A federal grand jury in Las Vegas has returned indictments on eight individuals who allegedly operated two of the largest illegal movie streaming services in the country.
According to the indictment, 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, allegedly operated an online SVOD service dubbed Jetflicks based in Las Vegas.
The service allegedly enabled subs to download and stream copyrighted movies and TV shows without consent resulting in the loss of millions of dollars in license fees and revenue-sharing.
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According to the complaint filed by Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger of the Eastern District of Virginia and Assistant Director in Charge Timothy R. Slater of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, Jetflicks boasted a content slate of more than 183,000 TV episodes.
One of the defendants, Polo, created a separate service — iStreamItAll — which had more than 115,000 TV episodes and 10,000 movies.
Polo allegedly used many of the same automated tools that Jetflicks employed to locate, download, process and store illegal content, and then quickly make those television programs and movies available on servers in Canada to ISIA subscribers for streaming and/or downloading.
The two services offered access to content for a monthly fee, with ISIA allegedly bragging it had more content than Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and Amazon Prime Video.
According to the indictment, Jetflicks allegedly obtained content from file-sharing platforms notorious for harboring pirated content, including The Pirate Bay, RARBG and Torrentz.
Using specialized software, the defendants were able to upload and repurpose content for their own operations. Some of the movies offered by ISIA were only available theatrically.