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[info]German mega streaming movie portal kino.to is shutted down by police! AlexaDE was=45

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by etrader, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. etrader

    etrader Regular Member

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    Hi dear BHW friends , I couldnt find right place for this topic (if wrong place sorry) , but I wanted to share this info as many of the BHW members have sites on movie niche .So maybe we can discuss here about what they did make wrong ? If some of the BHW members can fill this gap in Europe and monetize this ? :)

    Europen anonymous servers are really anonymous ? Police took and arrested 13 people from their home in GERMANY , NETHERLAND , SPAIN and FRANCE..(I know here many members have anonymous hosting in NETHERLAND supplied by one BHW member)

    It was a really mega site of Alexa International Traffic rank [857] and German rank of 45 .. The news showed up in both RTL and PRO7 TV channels evening news..It is said 4 millions unique visitors / day.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIZi6hit4zM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQhpwgdcjlI
    Videos are not mine :)



    "Police in four countries raided data centers and residences on Wednesday that culminated with the shutdown of Kino.to, a popular site for watching streaming movies and TV shows aimed at German-language speakers.

    Thirteen people were arrested and another is sought after raids were conducted in Germany, Spain, France and the Netherlands, said Matthias Leonardy, managing director of the German Federation Against Copyright Theft (GVU).

    In Germany alone, more than 250 police officers and tax officials and 17 other specialists searched more than 20 homes, businesses and data centers, the GVU said.

    Kino.to, established in 2008, comprised a complex system of content hosting sites that were connected with the main Kino.to home page, Leonardy said. Users could go to Kino.to, where they could then elect to watch some of the latest movies -- including "The Hangover Part II" which was available almost immediately after release -- and watch the films through a Flash Player on the hosting sites.

    Kino.to was a "very handsome, easy-to-use service," Leonardy said, with a very organized database where users could conduct searches for movies, for example, by actor or actress.

    The site quickly came on GVU's radar after launching, but its investigations were stymied by difficulties in locating its operators, who used fake names to register for hosting and built a distributed network in several countries, he said. The Kino.to domain was actually hosted not in Germany but in Russia, a country considered by many to be difficult to work with on cybercrime and copyright infringement cases.

    "They have been smart enough to hide their operations behind fake names and false data," Leonardy said.

    GVU alleges Kino.to plus the other hosting sites -- believed to be run by the same people -- generated upwards of ?2 million (US$2.92 million) annually in both advertising revenue and premium services offered on the hosting sites, Leonardy said. At one time, Kino.to ranked 45th on Alexa's ratings of the most visited websites in Germany with as many as 4 million visitors a day.

    Kino.to is now offline. However, Google's cache showed that the site recently displayed a notice in German saying it had been closed due to accusations of copyright infringement and that several of its operators had been arrested...."
     
  2. webblackart

    webblackart Registered Member

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    i am from germany and i can tell you, every body that has servers in german datacenters and does legit business with them will tell everything he know if asked by german police. we have very strict copyright laws and also links to copyright protected media is forbidden.
     
  3. etrader

    etrader Regular Member

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    I know webblackart , this actually some kind of warning to people here they are thinking in some part of the europe (i.e netherland ) , u can be completly anonymous host your site..But as we see it is not true..
     
  4. Paran01d

    Paran01d Junior Member

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    Depending on what you do NL servers are carp or okay if you want to stay anonymous.
    If you want to host movie sites or warez boards NL isn't the way to go! For highly illegal stuff you need RU servers they care a shit about other countrys and are allowed not to host any logs. In NL you have to know who pays for the servers that you lend to someone.

    So you should think twice before you host in NL!
     
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