There is a RAID in three countries: investigators in Germany, France and the Netherlands, dwellings and business of the hosting platform, “” is searched and evidence seized. On the platform pirated copies of movies, TV shows and other content were widely used, it was the largest page of this kind in Germany. By the operation of the platform, the suspects are supposed to have according to the public Prosecutor’s office from April 2008 to October 2017, with a turnover of more than EUR 50 million.

according to The authorities, unbelievable data to ensure “amounts”, as a spokesman for the Prosecutor’s office of Cologne-based Central point of contact Cybercrime NRW announced on Thursday. In addition to the main suspect, the Uploader could get to the finish of the investigator. But now users have a fear of warnings, which is on the platform of illegal content is downloaded? The evaluation of the copyright specialist lawyer Christian Solmecke.

“unlike file sharing, where a determination of IP-addresses is easy, the hosting, the IP address of the illegal Portal. This store frequently does not have an IP addresses, so that a determination of the users likely to be possible only if they are registered with their real names. And even if the IP address has been saved, it is because of the low storage period to the Provider is only within a few days, traceable. If clear names are actually stored, could be an approach, however, is easier and cheaper to determine than the name of the owner behind an IP address.”


Christian Solmecke is a lawyer for Internet and media law and works for the law firm Wilde Beuger Solmecke (WBS)

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the users Were determined, could the right holders, whose works on “” were offered, on an inspection of files at the Prosecutor’s office the data and the users is theoretically admonish. “Users of the works downloaded only for private purposes, or have streamed violate copyright, when the source was obviously illegal. The European court of justice (ECJ) has decided in the year 2017, in its judgment, ‘Filmspeler’. Obviously, illegal the free offer of the latest movie blockbuster or a brand new series on a pay channel like Netflix, for example. Here users must be clear that these are not offered for free elsewhere on the net,” said attorney Solmecke.

“However, the damage is regularly much lower, because there are no files or Streams more widely available, but only to be consumed. Therefore, the right holder may have no interest in a course of action against these users. So far there has been no cease and desist orders for illegal Streaming or mere Downloads. Therefore, I don’t expect now, with a warning wave against private users. Is not excluded, however, that this case will set a precedent.“

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