Two Las Vegas men pleaded guilty in December 2019 to multiple federal, criminal charges stemming from busts of two of the nation’s largest unlicensed television and film content providers. Six additional, alleged co-conspirators are scheduled to go to trial in early February 2020.
Darryl Polo and Luis Villarino admitted to working as computer programmers at Jetflicks, formerly an online, subscription-based, pirated TV streaming and downloading service. At its peak, Jetflicks illegally provided its tens-of-thousands of subscribers nearly 200,000 unlicensed TV episodes.
Jetflicks acquired its library of illegal content by downloading it from some of the world’s largest pirate torrent and Usenet websites. Programmers like Polo and Villarinio created software to search global pirate sites for new television episodes and then download, process, store and present the unlicensed content to subscribers.
Polo also admitted to operating iStreamitall (ISIA), formerly a subscription-based, pirate streaming service that offered more television and film titles than Netfilx, Hulu or Amazon Prime. ISIA operated in roughly the same manner as Jetflicks, a difference being that it also provided its subscribers feature films, sometimes titles that were still in theaters.
For their work at Jetflicks, Polo and Villarinio each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. For operating ISIA, Polo also pleaded guilty to one count of criminal copyright infringement by distributing a copyrighted work being prepared for commercial distribution, one count of copyright infringement by reproduction or distribution, one count of copyright infringement by public performance and one count of money laundering.
The men will be sentenced in March 2020.