DOJ sues two computer programmers for operating illegal streaming services

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The U.S. Department of Justice filed charges against two computer programmers for operating illegal streaming services.

One of the defendants, Darryl Julius, a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, pleaded guilty to multiple criminal copyright and money laundering charges related to his running of iStreamItAll and working as a computer programmer to help build Jetflicks, according to the DOJ

The Justice Department noted the iStreamItAll is one of the largest illegal movie and TV show services in the United States. Jetflicks is also a big illegal TV show streaming service.

The second defendant, Luis Angel Villarino, also a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, pleaded guilty to a criminal copy right charge related to his work as a computer programmer for Jetflicks.

Illegal streaming service had more content than Amazon Prime, Netflix

In his plea agreement, Polo admitted that he operated iStreamItAll, an online, subscription –based service that allowed users to download and stream copyrighted movies and TV programs. He stated that his illegal streaming service had more content than Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix and VUDU.

Polo admitted that he reproduced and distributed tens of thousands of copyrighted contents without the permission of relevant copyright owners. He used sophisticated computer programming to search for global pirate site for new illegal content to download and store. And then, he makes those movies and TV shows available on servers in Canada to iStreamItAll subscribers.  He pleaded guilty to the following criminal charges:

  • one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement
  • one count of criminal copyright infringement by distributing a copyrighted work being prepared for commercial distribution
  • one count of copyright infringement by reproduction or distribution
  • one count of copyright infringement by public performance
  • one count of money laundering

On the other hand, in a separate proceeding, Villarino pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement.

Both Polo and Villarino also admitted in their plea agreements that they worked as computer programmers of Jetflicks. Both defendants and their co-conspirators at Jetflicks reproduced and streamed tens of thousands of copyrighted episodes of TV programs without authorizations.

The DOJ said other defendants in the case are set to go to trial on February 3, 2020.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III of the Eastern District Court of Virginia will be sentencing Polo on March 13, 2020 and Villarino on March 20, 2020.