From Torrent Freak:
In recent years various entertainment industry groups have switched their efforts away from legislation, towards voluntary cooperation with various stakeholders.
This has resulted in several agreements with Internet providers, advertising agencies and payment processors, which are all designed to help prevent piracy.
A few months ago this strategy was expanded to cover key players in the domain name industry. In February, the MPAA and the Donuts registry signed a landmark agreement under which the movie industry group acts as “trusted notifier” of “pirate” domains.
Traditionally, it has been very hard for rightsholders to get domain names suspended without a court order, but through voluntary agreements this process is simplified.
A few months have passed since the initial announcement and according to the domain registry the first results are positive.
The MPAA referred the first three domain names to Donuts in March. After a careful inspection, the registry agreed that the associated sites were indeed linked to illegal downloading or streaming.
“We concluded that the first two were identical to well-known pirated content websites, which were subjects of prior court orders and were illegally streaming and providing downloads of movies, including those still in theaters. The third was dedicated to illegally downloading and live streaming television series,” Donuts notes.
In response, Donuts alerted the responsible domain name registrars about the infringing conduct, paired with a request to inform the persons who registered the domains.
This eventually resulted in two domain name suspensions on the registrar level. In the third case the…