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Major Anime Pirate Website Shuts Down Without Notice (Animeflix)

AnimeFlix Shut Down

A widely known anime piracy site has unexpectedly shut down, leaving millions of users in the lurch. Animeflix was dealing with significant legal pressures and an ongoing battle with copyright holders.

The Rise and Fall of Animeflix

Animeflix has been a leading platform for streaming anime content, attracting dozens of millions of monthly visits.

Animeflix Website
Animeflix Website

With an active community on Discord boasting around 35,000 members, the site wasn’t just a hub for illegal streaming but also a vibrant community space hosting discussions, art competitions, and even a chess tournament.

Despite its popularity, Animeflix has faced considerable legal challenges. The site was listed as a shutdown target by the anti-piracy coalition ACE last December.

This was followed by increased legal pressure in May when rightsholders obtained an injunction from the High Court of India, effectively suspending Animeflix’s main domain,

However, the site quickly adapted by moving to new domains, and, informing users about the changes. If you visit either one of those domains you will encounter a message stating “this site can’t be reached.”

This site can't be reached

The Final Closure

On the eve of the site’s shutdown, Animeflix became unreachable, initially displaying a Cloudflare error message. The site’s operators then announced the closure without prior notice, stating,

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of Animeflix. After careful consideration, we have decided to shut down our service effective immediately. We deeply appreciate your support and enthusiasm over the years.”

The announcement left the exact reasons for the closure vague, but it hinted at the challenges of operating such a site under constant legal threat. The team’s message concluded with gratitude towards their users, urging them to continue enjoying anime on other platforms.

The shutdown decision likely stemmed from the sustained pressure by rightsholders. The aggressive legal actions and the focus on taking down pirate sites are part of a broader strategy to protect intellectual property.

While the Animeflix team didn’t explicitly state this, the link between the legal pressures and the site’s closure seems apparent.

Interestingly, Animeflix was reportedly hosted by the Hungarian company ServerAstra, the same host previously used by MagnetDL, another site that mysteriously went offline recently.

Both sites were hosted on the same Autonomous System (AS), which also supported many similar sites. While this might be a mere coincidence, it does raise questions about the hosting choices of pirate sites and the potential vulnerabilities they share.

Community and Future Implications

The sudden shutdown of Animeflix has disappointed many of its loyal users. The closure signifies a significant blow to the anime piracy community, which relies on such sites for accessing content. Several Reddit users have commented on this site’s shutdown.

Animeflix Reddit Thread
Animeflix Reddit Thread

However, history suggests that the Animeflix brand might resurface, potentially managed by a new team willing to navigate the risky waters of anime piracy.

In conclusion, the shutdown of Animeflix underscores the ongoing conflict between pirate sites and copyright holders. As users mourn the loss of their favorite anime portal, the industry remains vigilant, ready to tackle the next challenge in the fight against online piracy.

For more details on this story, refer to the report from TorrentFreak.

We want to know your thoughts on this story. What do you think about Animeflix going offline? Let us know in the comment section below!


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