The portal Kino.to is offline:
The Court in Dresden confiscated and shut down the domain. Moreover 13 of the domain operators were arrested. The illegal website Kino.to had millions of users: They saw the latest TV series and feature films in streaming methods. On Wednesday more than 20 apartments, offices and data center have been scanned.
Furhtermore the popular video streaming site “Fast Pass TV” shut down earlier this week following the arrest of one of the site’s alleged operators. The site itself didn’t host any copyrighted content but indexed videos hosted on third-party sites. The operator has been released on bail pending inquiries.
For quite a few years the Hollywood-funded Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) has been tipping-off the UK police on the activities of file-sharing websites and their operators.
This has resulted in the arrests of several site admins including those from TV-Links and BitTorrent site FileSoup.
A few days ago a FACT investigation led to another arrest. A 26-year old man was arrested Wednesday with police reportedly seizing £83,000 and computer equipment following a raid in Derry, Northern Ireland.
After being questioned the man was released on bail, a very similar situation to other FACT-assisted arrests we’ve seen over the years. Other than that, the police haven’t released any information on the site in question or the exact nature of any alleged offenses.