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5 IPTV Operators Convicted – Leader Faces 48 Years in Prison

IPTV Operators Convicted

A federal jury in Las Vegas has convicted five individuals for operating one of the largest pirate IPTV services in the United States.

This trial began two weeks ago and is the largest IPTV piracy trial ever recorded in the history of the United States. Now the jury has reached a verdict.

The defendants, Kristopher Dallmann, Douglas Courson, Felipe Garcia, Jared Jaurequi, and Peter Huber, ran Jetflicks, a subscription service that illegally streamed content, reportedly offering more than major platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Amazon Prime, and other verified live TV providers.

The scheme generated millions of dollars in revenue, but it now faces significant legal consequences. Four of the convicted men face up to five years in prison, while Dallmann, identified as the ringleader, faces up to 48 years.

Background of This IPTV Case

In 2019, eight men from Las Vegas were indicted by a grand jury for conspiring to violate criminal copyright laws through Jetflicks and another IPTV service, iStreamitAll.

iStreamitall website

The indictment revealed that the defendants reproduced tens of thousands of copyrighted television shows without authorization and distributed the illicit content to a vast audience of paid subscribers across the United States.

The scope of their infringement was vast. Jetflicks offered access to over 183,200 distinct TV show episodes at one point, while iStreamitAll had a library of over 118,479 TV shows and 10,980 movies, far surpassing the content available on legitimate streaming services.

Trial and Convictions

While some defendants pleaded guilty in 2021 and received sentences ranging from one year to 57 months in prison, five defendants opted to go to trial.

During the trial, Kristopher Dallmann called for a mistrial, claiming that some evidence presented to the jury was inadmissible and damaging to the defense. However, his request was denied, and this week, all five men were found guilty.

Dallmann, Courson, Garcia, Jaurequi, and Huber were convicted of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. Additionally, Dallmann was convicted of two counts of money laundering by concealment and three counts of misdemeanor criminal copyright infringement.

IPTV Defendants Found Guilty
Image from TorrentFreak

Statements from Authorities

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri, head of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, emphasized the importance of these convictions.

“Their scheme generated millions of dollars in criminal profits, while causing copyright owners to lose out. These convictions underscore the Criminal Division’s commitment to protecting intellectual property rights by prosecuting digital piracy schemes and bringing offenders to justice.”

U.S. Attorney Jason M. Frierson for the District of Nevada added,

“This case is another example of our steadfast commitment to combat intellectual property theft and to hold accountable those who violate intellectual property rights laws.”

Unsuccessful Defense Strategies

One of the more unusual aspects of the case was the defendants’ attempt to disguise Jetflicks as an aviation entertainment company when copyright-related complaints and issues with payment service providers began to threaten their business.

According to Assistant Director in Charge David Sundberg of the FBI Washington Field Office, the operators claimed Jetflicks MoVi Entertainment System was a service that converted customers’ personal DVD collections for in-flight viewing.

This defense ultimately failed, as Dallmann later conceded that downloading TV shows from other pirate sites and streaming them for a fee had become their primary business.

Sentencing and Industry Response

A sentencing date has not yet been set for the convicted men. Courson, Garcia, Jaurequi, and Huber each face a maximum penalty of five years in prison, while Dallmann could face up to 48 years.

The Motion Picture Association (MPA), whose members’ content was significantly infringed upon by Jetflicks, initially did not issue a statement.


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However, Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel Karyn Temple later commented,

“This verdict is a landmark victory for intellectual property rights. The Motion Picture Association applauds the Department of Justice for its successful prosecution of five individuals who brazenly and illegally profited by infringing upon copyrighted works.”

Temple highlighted the broader impact of the jury’s conviction, emphasizing the harm caused to the creative industry and the many workers who depend on it.

She also expressed hope for future collaborations with the Department of Justice to continue combating digital piracy and sending a strong deterrence message to current infringers.

Conclusion

The conviction of the Jetflicks operators marks a significant victory for anti-piracy authorities. As the legal system continues to address the challenges posed by illegal streaming services, this case serves as a stern warning to those engaged in similar activities.

For more details on this story, refer to ACE’s press release and the report from TorrentFreak.

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Notable Replies

  1. cant waite for the movie to come out should still be plenty of places to see it

  2. Aye 48 years. Something tells me the DoJ source is talking complete and utter mince.

  3. Yet illegal invaders, rapists and murderers roam the streets. That’s really setting your priorities in order, DOJ

  4. Exactly my thoughts what are they nuts

  5. Like it’s been said here and comments murderers and rapist get a 5 to 15 are they out of their minds

  6. It all comes back to the money sadly.

  7. So there is no more capital punishment or life sentences for murderers? They only get 5 to 15 years and are on the streets again? Your analogy is exaggerated.

  8. Yes. A 48-year prison sentence is clearly unnecessary for non-violent crime. There is no justification for it. This is the result of a politically motivated legislation and judicial system rather than legitimate justice. Trump has repeatedly stated that the judicial system is corrupt. This is a very good example.

  9. It isn’t an example of anything. “Faces 48 years” is not the same as “sentenced to 48 years”. It’s just classic scaremongering…

  10. Avatar for JPM69 JPM69 says:

    No need for insults to other members. Disagree if you like but as Troy says…be nice!

    Edit: the member has since deleted their post. I am not yelling at the imaginary kids on my lawn. Lol

    For whatever reason they or moderators chose to delete it. And they may if they so choose. i hope it doesn’t discourage them from contributing to TP in a positive way. We all make mistakes and say/do things we regret.

    To be honest it wasnt that big of a deal. Just an unnecessary jab questioning someones intelligence. I question my own everyday. Lol

  11. Avatar for AJS1 AJS1 says:

    Plus they don’t like politics here, I got flagged for using the name Trump! So just to be wise stay out of the muddy Waters.

  12. I don’t think they should get much time but I do think it was a very unwise move on their part to provide direct content to paid services. Every IPTV provider will have content that might have a Hulu, Netflix, etc label but it’s generally content that’s been released and isn’t illegal to show.

    For the consumer, although I’ve always said they’re more interested in those providing the content than who’s receiving it, there’s no need to purchase a service like that and it’s unwise to do so for the simple fact there’s a good chance it’ll get shutdown. That’s what streaming services like FlixVision, CinemaHD, FilmPlus, etc are for. Instead of paying for a service invest in a quality VPN and Real-Debrid and you’ll find anything you want.

  13. Avatar for Miki Miki says:

    Thank you for bringing the thread back on track, I was about to close it.

  14. Yeah, I look over that nonsense in any forum or platform where people can say what they want to but many times say things they shouldn’t. I especially hate it when I’m looking through reviews on a Movie or Series and they turn it into something else. I was just responding to the original topic at hand.

  15. Any politics goes over my head. No interest or knowledge in US politics.

  16. Avatar for TXRon TXRon says:

    Miki has a trigger finger :joy:

  17. I sincerely hope all defendants gets a slap on the wrist because they really did no harm to anyone. The Feds are just as bad as the mob.

  18. 20 years for murder,48 years for selling subsriptions.Lawyers,guns and Money.Country is a mess

  19. No Sh… talk bout govt. Priorities. Sad statement of where our govt. Is @ right now.

  20. Avatar for AJS1 AJS1 says:

    Ok I deleted, LOL. :rofl::rofl::sunglasses:

  21. I think they should be fined and have to pay to those offended all the money they acquired illegally and not put them in prison at all. We then ALL have to pay to feed, house and clothe them for that many years. I have a friend who molested his stepchild in Texas and only got 8 years!!! This idea of money over real lives is just crazy. I do understand that they don’t still have all the money but perhaps take all they do have??

  22. Also I prefer cord-cutting to politics. I get the politics on a different site and hope to keep it that way!
    Let’s try and maintain it that way - Thank You :tv:

  23. thats the whole idea trade ideas and help totaly agree if we dont we will lose a good site :disappointed_relieved:

  24. What’s the IPTV service being prosecuted???

  25. You must not have read the article. It’s all there.

  26. You’re right. I see I just read the post and overlooked the link… :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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