The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) has shut down Spain’s top illegal streaming and torrent service, AtomoHD.
According to ACE, AtomoHD was launched in 2020 by a group of individuals, some of whom had prior convictions in Spain for intellectual property infringement and to evade justice, fled to Andorra. AtomoHD enabled users to illegally stream and download content from a VOD library of more than 13,000 movies and 4,500 TV series in Spanish and other languages. The pirated content impacts all ACE members.
Since its inception, the site logged 235 million visitors, averaging 9.7 million monthly visits and 484,000 unique visitors. Ninety percent of the online traffic originated in Spain, followed by the US, Germany, and France. AtomoHD was operating via 60 website domains.
Commenting on the development, Jan van Voorn, executive VP and global content protection chief of the Motion Picture Association and Head of ACE, said: “This takedown represents yet another major victory by ACE over illegal content distributors.
“It is increasingly clear that major criminal operators like AtomoHD are not immune from ACE’s enforcement actions”.
The domains are being transferred to ACE and will be redirected to the “Watch Legally” page of the ACE website.