After years of prosecuting a group of piracy advocates for illegally hosting and broadcasting thousands of stolen TV shows, the Justice Department has issued a series of convictions.

Thursday, The Ministry of Justice announced That Christopher Dallman, Douglas Corson, Felipe Garcia, Jared Gorecki, and Peter Hooper – five men were responsible for the run Netflix knockoff Jetflicks – They have been found guilty of multiple counts of copyright infringement and money laundering by concealment which could ultimately lead to imprisonment. The five accused were (along with three other individuals). It first shipped in 2019 When the US government alleged that a streaming service it operated illegally resulted in a loss Millions in revenue For businesses including Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.

For $9.99 per month, Jetflicks gave its subscribers access to just over 180,000 episodes of various TV shows that were initially downloaded from a variety of piracy sites and later uploaded to the company’s own servers in Las Vegas. According to prosecutors, Jetflicks was able to make millions of dollars through its subscription model, but as issues with its payment processors and objections from studios began to arise, the company tried to pivot and pass itself off as an organization focused on aviation media.

“When complaints from copyright holders and problems with payment providers threatened to take down the multi-million-dollar illicit enterprise, defendants attempted to disguise Jetflicks as an in-flight entertainment company,” said David Sundberg, assistant director of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

Following their conviction, Dallman now faces up to 48 years in prison, while the other defendants face a maximum of five years in prison, but an official sentencing date has not yet been set.

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