The Mexican police closed illegal Dark-Ville OTT

Friday, February 5 2010

The Mexican Federal-Ministerial Police confiscated equipment from the movies and TV serials free download website w//, which has gained real popularity in Latin America in the last months recording over a million users and hundreds of titles, including the last Hollywood successes and recently broadcasted TV of the United States, all of them subtitled in Spanish. Dark-Ville "uploaders" community is planning to keep the site.

The operation was carried out after a claim was submitted before the Specialized Investigation Unit of Author Rights and Industrial Property Crimes, appointed to the Mexican Specialized Federal Crimes Investigation Subunit. The denounce pointed out that OTT (over the top) business model of VOD was based on the collection through premium fast download accounts in hosting services.

However, Internet forums in Spanish are blowing off with another version. According to members of Dark-Ville, the model was absolutely free of charge and of a cooperative nature. Volunteer "uploaders" loaded up titles in such sites with the purpose of saving Megaupload, Rapidshare and Filehosting files, which actually offer paid premium or download free but slower accounts.

As a matter of fact, was born over four years ago, managed by an administrator whose most well-known nickname was "Dark". In November 2009, unpleased about the restrictions Dark posed to users of the service, the staff started its own project, utilizing Dark's registered users base. Since then, the new site has grown in its number of titles and its users base was triggered. Dark-Ville offered series like Lost, which was subtitled a few hours after being broadcasted by ABC in the United States, and several weeks before its launching release in Latin America. The same thing happened with movie releases. Everything is offered in excellent and free-of-charge HD quality.

According to internaut forums, Dark itself denounced the exact location of its former employees. On February, 26th, the police entered the facility CTM, in Colonia de San Pedro Tultepec, confiscated equipment and arrested a person. Anyway, Dark-Ville users and "uploaders" are gathering together in the Internet with the purpose of founding a new site that will enable them continue their tasks.