Edition Torrnetfreak drew attention to an interesting situation around the pirated streaming application CotoMovies. Earlier this month, a third-party iOS app store TweakBox removed several pirated apps due to legal pressure on the platform. One of these apps was CotoMovies, which provided its users with unlimited access to pirated movies and TV shows for free. TweakBox's legal harassment was threatened by the company behind the Hellboy movie.
A few days after this incident, the developer of CotoMovies announced that he was stopping the development of his application and the service was being closed. As the journalists found out, this decision was also associated with pressure from companies that created such films as Hellboy and Angel Fall.
It is reported that in the end, the parties were able to resolve the conflict peacefully, and although there is no exact evidence that the copyright holders were paid some compensation for the damage, the developer CotoMovies has already apologized to the creators of these films and other copyright holders home page project.
The application operator writes that he has learned from what happened and now understands what damage pirated applications can cause to films. In the future, the creator of the application promised not to violate anyone's copyright and urged users to do the same.
Users, of course, were disappointed, but it seems that more unpleasant emotions associated with CotoMovies may await them in the future. The fact is that the creator of the application writes that he also agreed to transfer user data and messages to copyright holders so that they can enforce laws and monitor their valuable intellectual property.
It is not known what kind of user data was at the disposal of the developer CotoMovies, but users can definitely get in trouble, as the creators of Hellboy and Angel Falls had previously prosecuted individual pirates in court. Lawyers for film companies have already confirmed to TorrentFreak reporters that the legal prosecution of CotoMovies users is more than likely and appears in the plans of copyright holders.