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YTS and YIFY brought before a US court by film producers

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YTS and YIFY are again under the spotlight. As reported by TorrentFreak, a coalition of seven film producers and copyright owners has given shape to a complaint filed in Hawaii’s federal court.

With its millions of visitors, YTS.am is currently the most visited torrents page in the world, surpassing even The Pirate Bay. At the end of 2015, the original page succumbed to legal pressure from the copyright holders, but the brand name continued to live in other domains.

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In the demand appear several domains

This coalition of producers asks the authorities to confiscate the associated domains , in order to prevent hosting companies and search engines from facilitating access to these pages.

In addition, they request compensation of $ 150,000 for each film found on these platforms . In the complaint they ask that “this action be initiated to put an end to the massive piracy of their films on the websites under the collective names YIFY and YTS and their users”.

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In the report presented, different domains are cited : YTS.ag (which now redirects to YTS.am), YTS.am (the most popular of the three) and YIFYMovies.is (domain in which users were allowed to reproduce the content directly in streaming, but now it seems to be for sale).

Although the different domains seem to operate independently , they use the same logos and usually publish the content simultaneously. For this reason, the complainants believe that they act jointly.

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The film companies accuse the owners of said websites of intentional incitement to the violation of copyright, as well as contributory violation of copyright.

So far, there has been no precautionary measure on the part of the court, and currently the domains are still online and functioning properly. The same happens with the operators of these platforms, which remain anonymous.

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Knowing similar past cases (some related to YIFY), there is a good chance that the Hawaii court will approve this lawsuit, and the situation for these websites could change soon.

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