Two Las Vegas men have pleaded guilty in an FBI case involving illegal streaming websites. Darryl Polo, 36, and Luis Villarino, 40, will be sentenced at later dates.
Polo admitted to running the illegal streaming website iStreamItAll (ISIA) that offered more than 118,479 TV shows and 10,980 movies. He would advertise the subscription-based website through emails, claiming the site had more content than Hulu, Netflix, Vudu, and Amazon Prime. Polo also admitted to working for another streaming website. His charges include:
- One count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement
- One count of criminal copyright infringement by distributing a copyrighted work being prepared for commercial distribution
- One count of copyright infringement by public performance
- One count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement
- One count of copyright infringement by reproduction or distribution
According to the statement given by the Department of Justice, Polo’s plea agreement says,
Polo obtained infringing television programs and movies from pirate sites around the world—including some of the globe’s biggest torrent and Usenet NZB sites specializing in infringing content—using various automated computer scripts that ran 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Specifically, Polo used sophisticated computer programming to scour global pirate sites for new illegal content; to download, process, and store these works; and then make the shows and movies available on servers in Canada to ISIA subscribers for streaming and downloading. Polo also admitted to running several other piracy services—including a Usenet NZB indexing site called SmackDownOnYou—and earning over $1 million from his piracy operations.”
Luis Villarino was charged on one count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement and will be sentenced on March 20, 2020. Polo will be sentenced on March 13, 2020.
Both men admitted working for Jetflicks as computer programmers. Jetflicks is an illegal streaming subscription-based site like ISIA. The website has reproduced over 10,000 copyrighted TV shows to thousands of paid subscribers.
At Jetflicks Polo and Villarino admitted to using automated software programs and other tools to locate, download, process, and store illegal content. They then made the content available to subscribers in Canda and the U.S.
Other defendants in the case will be brought to trial starting on February 3, 2020.