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Alleged SPARKS Member ‘Raid’ Pleads Not Guilty to Piracy Charges

One of the alleged key members of piracy group SPARKS has pleaded not guilty to US Government charges that he was involved in a conspiracy that cost movie companies tens of millions of dollars. Jonatan Correa, aka 'Raid', has been granted bail on a $75,000 bond with a number of conditions attached. On August 25, unofficial reports began to circulate that something big was underway in the top-tier piracy world known as The Scene. So-called topsites, the servers where masses of copyright-infringing content are stored, began shutting down globally as it became clear that law enforcement action was underway. Within hours, the US Department of Justice announced that three key members of the piracy groups known as SPARKS, GECKOS, DRONES and SPLiNTERS had been indicted, charged with a range of offenses connected to movie and TV show piracy.

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Received a Letter?

Have you received a USPS certified letter similar to the one shown in the picture? Here at NagraStar, we send all first letters certified for tracking and legal purposes. These letters contain sensitive information, and for that reason, NagraStar must ensure that the letter reaches its intended recipient. Many choose to deny signing for the letter, and thus it is returned. Commonly, certified mail is sent by lawfirms and government agencies, and refusing the letter could result in legal ramifications. If you receive such a letter, NagraStar highly recommends accepting it. If you choose to ignore these letters and emails from NagraStar, you could be referred to our law firm, HNB, for litigation. Do not ignore the letter, and please contact NagraStar as soon as possible to resolve this legal matter.

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Scene Bust Triggered Historic Drop in ‘Pirate’ Releases

More than a week has passed since a US Government enforcement action hit the piracy scene hard. The release group SPARKS was the main target but, directly and indirectly, many other pirate groups were affected as well. Now that the dust is settling, we take a look at how the actions impacted the flow of new releases. Every day, millions of people download or stream pirated content including movies, TV-shows, games, MP3s, and books. Many of these files originate from a small and tightly organized ‘community’ commonly known as The Scene, which is made up of dozens of smaller ‘release groups.’ These groups tend to operate in the shadows with little or no public profile. At least, that’s what the unwritten rules dictate. That’s for good reason as the people involved risk high prison sentences when caught.

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TVZion Piracy App Ordered to Shut Down By Global Anti-Piracy Group ACE

Several members of the team behind pirate streaming app TVZion have been reportedly served with cease-and-desist notices by global anti-piracy coalition Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment. A partial copy of a letter seen by TF orders domains to be handed over but according to a source familiar with the situation, the app won't be shutting down. Over the past several years there has been an explosion of piracy apps that run on mobile devices, mostly on the Android platform. Most of the big-name piracy apps such as Popcorn Time have an Android variant and due to the relative ease of development offered by the OS, dozens of similar tools for viewing the latest content are available online.

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New “Scene” Security Notice: ‘SPARKS’ Piracy Raids Busted Dozens of Sites

Last week a massive law enforcement operation against members of The Scene unfolded, targeting release group SPARKS and their affiliates. In a brand new communication released this morning, a Scene entity reveals that the action took down dozens of sites across 14 countries. It further predicts that more is yet to come and that security needs to be addressed. Last Tuesday, exactly one week ago, unofficial reports began to surface that enforcement action was underway targeting groups and members of ‘The Scene’, the tight-knit entities that are often described as sitting at the top of the so-called ‘Piracy Pyramid’.

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ISP Wants RIAA and Markmonitor Added to ‘False’ Piracy Notices Lawsuit

Internet provider Bright House Networks has countersued several major record labels, alleging that they sent false and deceptive piracy notices to its subscribers. This week, the company asked the court for permission to add the RIAA and its anti-piracy partner MarkMonitor to the suit, as they are central to the wrongful conduct. Last year, a group of major music companies sued Internet provider Bright House Networks, a subsidiary of Charter Communications. The lawsuit claimed that the ISPs failed to terminate repeat infringers. By keeping pirates as customers it violated the DMCA, the music companies alleged.

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Movie & TV Giants Tell Court That Nitro IPTV Operator Destroyed & Withheld Evidence

In April, a coalition of entertainment companies headed up by Universal, Paramount, Columbia, Disney and Amazon sued 'pirate IPTV provider Nitro TV for massive copyright infringement. After obtaining a court order to shut the service down, they now claim that the service continued to operate, with its alleged operator supposedly lying during discovery while destroying vital evidence. This April, companies owned by Columbia, Amazon, Disney, Paramount, Warner, and Universal, sued ‘pirate’ IPTV service Nitro TV. Filed in a California district court, the lawsuit accuses Alejandro Galindo, the supposed operator of Nitro TV, plus an additional 20 ‘Doe’ defendants, of massive copyright infringement.

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Area 51 Mystery Solved: Pirate IPTV Service Was Shut Down By ACE & MPA

Pirate IPTV service Area 51 disappeared offline late June with a message that its operators had decided to move on to other things. We can now reveal that the service was shut down by the Hollywood and Netflix-powered MPA and the global anti-piracy coalition Alliance For Creativity and Entertainment. Running in their own niche alongside traditional streaming portals and torrent sites, pirate IPTV services have, over the past several years, become the “next big thing” in online piracy. With relatively humble roots there are now seemingly hundreds of suppliers, some near the top of the tree with others simply rebranded versions of similar services. It’s reportedly a billion-dollar business in the United States alone but one service that recently stopped adding to that tally was Area 51.

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OMI IN A HELLCAT: FBI Collecting Terabytes of Piracy Evidence From Foreign Countries

YouTube star and founder of 'pirate' IPTV service Gears Reloaded 'OMI IN A HELLCAT' had millions in cash and property seized by the FBI last year. The investigation is ongoing, with authorities reporting that they are collecting terabytes of information from hard drives located in foreign countries including Canada. Last November, Bill Omar Carrasquillo, better known by his online handle ‘OMI IN A HELLCAT’, revealed that he’d been subjected to a massive raid by the FBI. Some of his followers, who had admired his pirate IPTV service Gears Reloaded and his extraordinary fleet of luxury cars, doubted the claims were real and were actually some kind of publicity stunt. As time passed and evidence built, however, the possibility that this was an elaborate hoax designed to generate social media clicks quickly began to fade.

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Texas Man Faces $2.1 Million Damages Claim for Selling Pirate Boxes on Facebook

Media giant ABS-CBN is requesting a default judgment against a Texas man who allegedly sold pirate streaming boxes through Facebook. The defendant, who's identified as Anthony Brown, was caught following an undercover operation and now faces a $2.1 million damages claim in federal court. ABS-CBN is the largest media and entertainment company in the Philippines, but it’s very active in US courts as well. In recent years the company has singled out dozens of streaming sites and services that offer access to ‘Pinoy’ content without permission, demanding substantial damages. The defendants are often ‘John Doe’ site operators. However, last year ABS-CBN identified a very specific target; a Texas man named Anthony Brown. According to a complaint filed at a US federal court, Brown sold pirate streaming through Facebook.

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