A piracy portal that offered free illegal access to thousands of movies as well as popular TVs has finally been shut down. Afdah.com was first launched in 2013 and caught the attention of rightsholders by quickly building a library of over 18,000 free shows and movies that would typically cost to rent or buy from legitimate services, like Prime Video and Disney+. The website, which was previously ranked among the top 250 most popular hacking websites in the world, was used by millions of people each month despite the best efforts of law enforcement.
The brutal fight to bring down Afdah began seven years ago, with rights holders filing numerous lawsuits to stifle its operations and have the site blocked in regions around the world.
And after years of effort, the biggest blow to Afdah’s operations has just emerged, with TorrentFreak reporting that Afdah’s domains have been seized by the Motion Picture Association (MPA).
The MPA is a collective body of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Netflix and Disney, who for years have been involved in blocking hundreds of piracy websites.
Earlier this month, Afdah domains were listed online as belonging to the MPA. And if you visit Afdah Sites now, you’ll be greeted with a message from the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) – which the MPA is affiliated with – stating that the domain is no longer available.
The message reads: “This website is no longer available. Due to copyright infringement. Do not put yourself at risk by using or subscribing to illegal streaming services. You will be redirected to alliance4creativity .com”.
Afdah has offered free and illegal access to a slew of content, such as Netflix-exclusive content including hit action movie Extraction and popular crime series Money Heist. Shows and blockbusters exclusive to the Disney+ streaming app, such as hits such as Hawkeye, Shang-Chi and Hamilton, were also illegally accessible on Afdah’s site.
The hammer blow to the piracy portal’s operations comes after rights holders have tried for years to stifle its illicit services.
In 2015, the Motion Picture Association (MPA), which has long led the charge against piracy websites, won a High Court injunction to have the site blocked in the UK.
As a result of this blocking, other Afdah domains were launched – Afdah.tv and Afdah.to – which were again blocked in 2018 after legal action in Singapore.
This dynamic injunction has been used to block all future Afdah domains in Singapore, but the rights holders are not done. In 2019, another injunction was filed in Australia to block Afdah and dozens of other pirate sites.
But the biggest blow has just been dealt.
The Afdah domains were seized by the MPA following a US subpoena that compelled Cloudflare to hand over information about the individual behind the Afdah domain.
The battle to bring down Afdah has lasted more than seven years, showing that age is no barrier when it comes to what rights holders on hacking portals want to put in its line of work. target.
Afdah’s withdrawal comes as another long-running piracy site – PrimeWire – is also the subject of legal action by the MPA, with rights holders obtaining a preliminary injunction against PrimeWire more early this year.
But PrimeWire is fighting its domain seizure, going so far as last month to remove all links to pirated material that were previously listed.