All you pirates beware: your download ship might be sinking. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has given official notice to the top torrent sites warning them to remove any copyright infringing material off their sites within the next 24 hours. The notice reads:
“This Notice requires you to immediately (within 24 hours) take effective measures to end and prevent further copyright infringement.”
If they fail to remove any and all material illegal content they will face unspecified consequences.
If you thought streaming was safe, think again. The MPAA has warned that links to illegally pirated movies and TV shows will face the same penalties. That notice read:
“All opportunities provided by the Website to download, stream or otherwise obtain access to the Entertainment Content should be disabled permanently.”
MPAA represents the six major Hollywood studios: Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn Mayer.
In light of the recent Dallas Buyers Club downloading über battle, which saw the information of 4726 sneaky downloaders handed over, this MPAA warning seems to pack more force than previous attempts to shut down torrent-mega-elites PirateBay and isohunt.
It is no secret that downloads are being looked in to more seriously now than ever before and those looking to sneak an illegal look at the latest Game Of Thrones eps should tread lightly, with rumours running riot over another Hollywood crack down.
Pirating has risen dramatically over the last five years. On the top of the most pirated films for 2014 was The Wolf of Wall Street with a staggering 30 million downloads according to pirate trackers Excipio. Others on the list included Frozen and Gravity following closely behind with a measly 29.9 million each.
Why are torrent pirates pirates?
Because they arrrrr…en’t going to pay for nothing or they live in Aus and got to wait six months longer for everything!