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The Pluto TV M3U Playlist has been available for people to use in their favorite IPTV apps for quite sometime. By doing this, users would bypass the official Pluto TV app, which is considered piracy according to the MPA.
The MPA recently sent a DMCA notice to GitHub Inc demanding that they remove the Pluto M3U Playlist from their servers.
This story first broke on the popular Website, TorrentFreak.
Pluto TV is a service that offers 100+ live television channels and thousands of movies through their official application that can be installed through all of the popular app stores such as Amazon App Store and Google Play.
Pluto TV is featured in our list of the best legal free streaming applications.
Pluto M3U Playlist
Millions of people have been using free M3U playlists available on the Internet for years. You can think of an M3U playlist as an electronic file that provides access to both live TV channels and video on demand (VOD) content.
Many people believed that using the Pluto TV M3U Playlist was 100% legal due to the fact that using Pluto TV through their official application is. The Motion Picture Association doesn’t agree with this premise.
The following is a paragraph quoted in the DMCA notice.
We are writing to notify you of, and request your assistance in addressing, the extensive copyright infringement of motion pictures and television shows that is occurring by virtue of the operation of the playlist file, PlutoTV_mr.m3u (the Playlist), which is hosted on and available for download from your repository GitHub Inc. (the Repository) at https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Mart1nho/Pluto-TV/main/PlutoTV_mr.m3u (the URL). Specifically, at the URL, the Repository hosts and offers for download the Playlist, which in turn is used to engage in massive infringement of copyrighted motion pictures and television shows.
Some may ask why it is considered copyright infringement to use the Pluto TV M3U Playlist since their official application is free to use.
You would suspect that they are missing out on in-app ad dollars when people opt to use the Pluto Playlist but when looking through their app, ads aren’t anywhere to be found.
Pluto TV Tracking Abilities
It appears that Pluto TV is making money off of the tracking abilities built into their official application. When people use a free IPTV App and import the Pluto TV M3U Playlist, they are missing out on the tracking dollars.
Users also have the ability to create a free Pluto TV account which unlocks additional features such as resume where you left off, access your Watch List, and launch your Favorite Channels from any device.
I personally don’t have a Pluto TV account but this is probably another form of revenue as they are probably pushing ads through email campaigns.
Pluto TV M3U Playlist Download Locations
Although Github has removed the Pluto TV M3U Playlist, more than likely the same download will now appear on thousands of other servers around the world. As with everything in this space, one goes down and ten pop up.
It will be interesting to see how the MPA reacts to the new download locations that will appear in the coming days.
Here’s the DMCA notice that was submitted to Github on behalf of the MPA.
What are your thoughts about the removal of the Pluto TV M3U Playlist from Github? Let us know in the comments section below.
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