You may have already come across DonTorrent – a Spanish-language illegal download site – in the middle of Google results. Our colleagues at TorrentFreak tell a rather amusing story: the site has been, due to its activities and its monthly traffic, for some time in the sights of the American Cinema Editors (ACE) and the Motion Picture Association (MPA), two of the associations America’s largest rights holders.
The latter have already formally notified Cloudflare to provide them with all the data available on the site and its administrators. Actions that appear to have been reported to DonTorrent officials as for the last few weeks, the site has had legal notices that are surprising to say the least. We can read in Spanish: “This website belongs to Jan van Voom, residing…” followed by the MPA office address, a professional email address, and a phone number.
When an illegal downloading site “appoints” an MPA official as its director…
Because in reality, Jan van Voom is none other than one of the MPA administrators, the main threat to the site! Obviously though, it’s hard to say if this prank is actually a good idea. With the addition of this page, the site appears more easily in search results in relation to the MPA and Jan van Voom, increasing the visibility of this site which is already the target of rights holders’ ire with the authorities and Internet users sensitive to the fight. against piracy…
Our colleagues at TorrentFreak tried to find out more about this new disclaimer page by contacting – to no avail – accounts that appeared to be linked to the site. DonTorrent continues to operate for the time being with total impunity. However, the situation could change very quickly. Precisely, about two weeks ago, the general director of the MPA, Charles Rivkin, met with the general director of the Spanish police, already very committed against illegal downloads.
Apparently, the latter would have assured him the support of the Spanish authorities in the fight against piracy. If we don’t know the exact content of his interview, Charles Rivkin revealed on Twitter what Francisco Pardo Piqueras told him about this phenomenon:
“The general manager, Francisco Pardo Piqueras, told me today that the film, television and streaming industry absolutely needs protection against piracy (especially in these difficult times) because ‘it creates dreams, it generates hope, it makes people happy and that… that’s magic.’ I could not agree more”Charles Rivkin commented.
.@policemanCEO Francisco Pardo Piqueras told me today that the film/TV/streaming industry needs to be protected from piracy (especially in these difficult times) because “it creates dreams, hope and happiness, and that… is magic.
I could not agree more. pic.twitter.com/h4sskBGGoN
— Charles H. Rivkin (@CharlieRivkin) March 17, 2022