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How Does Niantic Take Down Domains not Committing Copyright Infringement?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Noah Hawryshko, Jul 31, 2016.

  1. Noah Hawryshko

    Noah Hawryshko Senior Member

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    So about 24 hours ago, Niantic (developers of Pokemon GO) shut down about 90% of the sites that allowed users to search and reveal Pokemon near a given geographical coordinate. None of the sites had "Pokemon" in their domain name, and PokeVision, the most popular Pokemon tracker stated that it was "respecting the developers wishes".

    How do they do this? What possible leverage could Niantic have over all these sites to make them suddenly "respect their wishes"? Many of these sites were monetized, and you guys know as well I do that nobody takes a site like that down unless they have to.
     
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    Google owns Niantic. Simple
     
  4. Noah Hawryshko

    Noah Hawryshko Senior Member

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    Google does not own over 51% of Niantic, and even if they did, all they could do internally is de-rank the PokeTrackers, which they haven't. What I'm wondering is what they did specifically to get all these sites to back down.
     
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    _Biju_ Junior Member

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    Well they can see who uses the Niantic API, and exactly on what domains. So they just stoped serving data through the API for those domains
     
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    I was thinking the same thing, but there are some services, like PokeMesh for Android, that are still up and running. Because of this, it doesn't seem like it's being done on an API level. Rather, it seems like Niantic is pressuring the Poke tracker developers in some way and all but a few are caving in.
     
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    I think they blocked AWS which is what vision was on. That's why others are still up and you can still run a tool locally if you wish.
     
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    They just got to much media attention. My team is working hard with account creation and farming and we are just fine. We are scraping rare pokemons without any issue.

    So for that reason they were shutted down for API usage or just since they are 100% against Niantic TOS.
     
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    So you're saying it was an IP-level blacklist? AWS is Amazon Web Services, right?