Several major studios have been successful in obtaining a settlement that shuts down file-sharing site Openload, one that operated out of numerous European locales and got more traffic than the likes of Hulu or HBO Go.
The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) – a coalition of the five major studios, plus Netflix, Amazon, and several other content providers – has been pursuing the case for several months.
Recently they brought a legal action in Germany against the operators who also operate the similar Streamango. They agreed to shutter both sites and pay a ‘significant damage award’. Openload has now been redirected to ACE’s website which briefly crashed due to the heavy volume of traffic.
The site, which snagged both advertising revenue and paid users who uploaded videos based on the number of downloads, provided content to 36 of the top 50 pirate sites in the world.