Wednesday May 10, 2017

US Court Allows Media Company to Control Pirate Streaming Domains

The biggest media company in Manila, ABS-CBN, is working to shut down "pirate sites" using courts here in the United States while wrapping itself in the cloak of protecting consumers from malware. A district court in Florida has ordered registries to take control of 19 domains used to operate pirate streaming sites. The order was issued and these 19 sites have been taken offline with all domains redirecting to a page. Torrent Freak mentions that the court too has ordered that the identity of the offending domain operators identities be exposed. While there is no more information on that portion of the case, it will be interesting to see what becomes of it and where the targets of the unmasking are located.

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"After the New Registrar has effected this change, the Subject Domain Names shall be placed on lock status, preventing the modification or deletion of the domains by the New Registrar or the Defendants," the order reads.

To my understanding, domain masking services are of little use since 2015 when new Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy rules went into effect.