Hard blow for Spanish piracy. The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the main global coalition against piracy, has announced the closure of the main illegal streaming and torrenting service in Spain, AtomoHD, which since its creation in 2020 had registered a total of 235 million views. visitors.
With an average of 9.7 million monthly visits, 484,000 unique ones, and 90% of its online traffic originating in Spain, the visitor platform was one of the main fronts in the fight against piracy that the coalition is facing in our country. For this reason, ACE’s internal team has dedicated several months of work to this operation, until they have managed to identify the people behind the service.
Thus, the closure has not been produced by a court order, but the ACE team itself has reached an out-of-court agreement with them and their domains become part of the offer of legal content and they are all redirected to the ‘Watch Legally’ page. ‘from ACE itself. This strategy to combat digital piracy is the second time it has been put into practice in Spain. Previously, it has been applied with the HD-Spain and Pixelados trackers.
Managed by a group of people, some of them in Andorra after evading their previous convictions in Spain for crimes against intellectual property, this portal allowed users to illegally stream and download video-on-demand content from a library of more than 13,000 movies. and 4,500 television series in Spanish and other languages. A content, which affected all ACE members.
“Another great victory” against piracy
“This takedown represents another major victory for ACE over illegal content distributors,” said Jan van Voorn, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Content Protection for the Motion Picture Association, and Director of ACE. “It is becoming increasingly clear that large criminal operators such as AtomoHD are not immune from legal action by ACE.”
With the recent accession of Dazn, there are already 53 media outlets and distributors that are part of the coalition, which was born in 2017 and addresses the entire supply chain of pirated content with the support of local governments and international organizations such as Interpol and Europol.