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Dutch piracy group gets piracy site Discoverthisplace taken offline

By | Published on Monday 24 May 2021


A piracy site called Discoverthisplace has been taken offline following legal action by Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN.

The site seemingly provided users with links to tens of thousands of copyright infringing albums, movies, TV shows, e-books and magazines that were stored on cyber-lockers. The links were only available to members of the site, some of whom paid five euros a month for priority access to the latest files.

BREIN identified three people involved in running the site and posting the links, although it actually sought an ex parte injunction against the operation, meaning the court would issue an order without the three specific defendants being present to defend themselves.

The argument was that the site was clearly liable for copyright infringement – the link posting constituting a communication to the public of the infringing materials – and given the scale of the piracy operation a speedy injunction was required. The court concurred.

According to Torrentfreak, the court’s injunction ordered the three named individuals to cease-and-desist their piracy operation, with the threat of a daily penalty of 2400 euros if they failed to do so.

BRIEN itself subsequently reported that, after the court order was serviced, “the site was immediately taken offline. Those involved have pledged to cease the infringement and have reached a settlement of 20,000 euros”.