Guilty pleas in major US streaming case


The illegal streaming site iStreamItAll is said to contain more content than Netflix, Amazon prime, Hulu and Vudu. As part of their advertising campaigns, Polo told officials he actively poached customers of licensed streaming services and urged them to make the switch, highlighting iStreamItAll's comparatively larger library of content in email campaigns. In his plea agreement, Polo told DOJ officials that his illicit subscription-based service, iStreamItAll, offered more than 118,000 television episodes and 10,000 movies. One reportedly had more content than Netflix. Not only that, however, the programmers had been capable of convincing "tens of thousands" of people within the United States to actually forgo legitimate sites like Netflix and pay to subscribe to their sketchy service as an alternative. "Polo also admitted to running several other piracy services - including a Usenet NZB indexing site called SmackDownOnYou - and earning over $1 million from his piracy operations". Polo used computer programming to scan global pirate sites for new illegal content, and to make that content available to subscribers to stream and download.

Polo pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, one count of criminal copyright infringement by distributing a copyrighted work being prepared for commercial distribution, one count of copyright infringement by reproduction or distribution, one count of copyright infringement by public performance and one count of money laundering, according to the DOJ.

Polo and Villarino participated in the Jetflix feature, which allowed users to download, edit, store and broadcast copyright-protected television programs from copyright holders.

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IStreamItAll and Jetflix were created to play content on smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, video game consoles and web browsers, which cost copyright owners millions of dollars, the justice ministry said. Other defendants in the case are scheduled to go to trial in February.

Both these confessions were heard at the Court for the Eastern District of Virginia with the next hearing of these both (Darryl and Luis) set to March 13th and March 20th, 2020 respectively.