ACE shuts down two pirates: watchseries.ninja and watchsomuch.org

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Watchseries.ninja was launched in June 2020 and had a database of nearly 10,000 HD movies and 60,000 HD TV show episodes.  It received an average of 7.4M visits per month for a total of 85M visits since its launch. The site was particularly popular in English-speaking markets with 23% of traffic originating from the US, 15% from the UK and 14% from Canada.

Watchsomuch.org was launched in March 2019 and offered more than 100,000 hours of HD TV and film content. It received an average of 6.5M visits a month or 121M visits in the last two years. Traffic to the domain was worldwide, with 10% of traffic coming from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and South Africa respectively. In addition, Watchsomuch.org offered a “VIP” subscription for $8 USD per month which offered faster streaming speeds.

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Both domains, which affected all ACE members, are offline following ACE’s enforcement actions. ACE’s trusted notifier agreements and outreach to domain name registries and registrars led to the domains’ suspension, according to a statement by ACE.

Read the original ACE press release

Why it matters

ACE leverages relationships with intermediaries and collaborating with law enforcement authorities around the world, as well as legal options such as DMCA subpoenas.  These shutdowns continue a run of anti-piracy actions by ACE since the beginning of 2022. Many such initiatives take years to establish and mature before results can be announced.

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