This time, it’s the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (or ACE) that’s looking to uncover people who are behind popular torrent sites.
ACE has already filed DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) requests with Cloudflare and wants the service to uncover the owners of the above-mentioned torrent sites among many other popular torrenting platforms.
In total, the anti-piracy group is targeting 46 websites, Torrent Freak reported.
There is little doubt about ACE’s financial and logistic muscle to go after some of the biggest names in the torrent industry, as the anti-piracy group’s constituting members includes entertainment and streaming giants such as Paramount Pictures, Disney, Netflix and Amazon.
The coalition believes that torrent sites like EZTV, The Pirate Bay and YTS form the bulk of the copyright infringement cases they have picked up in recent months. Readers should note that most of the torrent sites that ACE is targeting make use of Cloudflare as their content delivery network. Cloudflare provides its services to millions of popular websites on the internet and has dealt with these requests in the past.
Whether or not Cloudflare will comply with the recent torrent site requests remains to be seen, but owners of these sites should prepare for some serious copyright trolling in the coming months.
According to a court document obtained by Torrent Freak, the affected websites include:
While copyright groups primarily target popular torrent sites, they’ve also been known to target the users who consume content from these websites. Anti-piracy groups usually don’t give weight to reasons why someone would be offering or consuming copyrighted content.
A few months ago, a law firm forced YTS to give up user data and that enabled anti-piracy groups to send $1,000 notices to many users of the site.