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Here’s how an illegal download site openly mocks copyright owners

DonTorrent, a particularly popular illegal download site in Spain, was pleased to quote Jan van Voorn, MPA’s head of global content protection, as administrator. If we quickly suspect that the latter is not at the head of the platform, this joke may not please the rightholders’ association.

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DonTorrent is one of the most popular illegal download sites in the world. With a few million users, mostly based in Spain, it is an undeniable force in piracy and therefore one of the main targets of rights holders. This does not prevent him from having fun with the situation. Indeed, for several weeks now, the site has been showing a photo of Jan van Voorn, accompanied by a text claiming that the man is the owner of the platform.

However, Jan van Voorn is not just anyone. Indeed, he is the head of global content protection at the Motion Picture Association (MPA), one of the most powerful rights holders’ associations in the world. In addition to the Alliance of Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), another coalition bringing together different streaming services, such as Netflix and Disney+the organization is behind several lawsuits in different countries.

This illegal download site taunts rightholders

All this does not seem to bother the real administrators of DonTorrent, who do not hesitate to reveal the address of Jan van Voorn – or at least an address, which is not the case – the real address of those involved. Indeed, the whole thing looks like a huge joke, it’s likely the authors just wanted to push the plug even further.

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Still, the penalties to which the site is subjected are staggering. Phrases worth several million euros have multiplied in recent years, as have domain name blocking. Just like its counterpartsDonTorrent regularly changes its domain name to slip through the cracks of ISPs. “The film, television and streaming industries need to be protected from piracy because it creates dreams, hopes and happiness… it’s all magicsaid Charles Rivkin, leader of the MPA.

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