Netflix Takes Down Several Hundred Torrent Websites


“When the Facts Change, I Change My Mind. What Do You Do, Sir?” – Winston Churchill

The world of internet piracy has changed over the years. What began as an environment not unlike the wild, wild west where piracy ran amok, has started to grow up. Cheap streaming packages such as Netflix and Hulu, while not perfect or complete by any means, are now viable alternatives to piracy for many. So it’s not suprising that Netflix has changed it’s position on piracy.

Here’s what CEO of Netflix Reed Hastings said way back in 2013:

“Certainly there’s some torrenting that goes on, and that’s true around the world, but some of that just creates the demand,”

But that may not be how Netflix feels anymore. Lumen is an independent 3rd party research project studying cease and desist letters concerning online content. They collect and analyze complaints about online activity, especially requests to remove content from online. Many of these requests are made to Google, a company that warns about the “Chilling Effects” of content removal online, but regularly does so to comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or “DMCA”.

Via Lumen, we noticed Netflix has been issuing hundreds of take-down notices to torrent websites recently. We counted at least 330 in the past 6 months. Here’s an example:


Vobile is a vendor that specializes in locating copyright infringing sites and sending out these notices. Brands like Vodlocker, NowVideo and GorrillaMov may not ring a bell to you immediately. But they power an underworld of illegal torrent content that many people discover via search engines like Google. This may not put a huge dent in deterring more savvy downloaders but it could curb the casual pirate who searches Google for an illegal download from time to time.

Does this mean Netflix has changed their stance on the issue of piracy? Does piracy no longer “create demand” as it did in 2013? The facts on the ground may have changed as Netflix is now protecting their own content these days (House of Cards, Orange is the New Black et al), as opposed to leasing others’.

You know what they say– when it happens to you, it finally clicks.  But honestly, would it break the bank to subscribe to Netflix for ten bucks a month? Save yourself from the inevitable viruses and legal trouble. Either way, the digital content landscape is shifting and everyone’s favorite streaming company that was once “chill” about the whole piracy thing may be a bit more defensive moving forward.


    It will never bestopped, maybe ya can slo it down a lil but stop… NAH. In my opinion mostpirates just wanna watch a movie they would never buy or pay to go see. This isan old story like when they first started to put music on hold when callin a business. The RIAA freaked out cuz they were putting MOH on the line while
    someone was waiting to be helped at a business. What a joke!!! I mean come on
    it was the radio, so of course it evolved into Message On Hold to appease the
    scum sucking, bottom feeding RIAA. When Metallica sued Napster that sure
    didn’t stop music pirates it only changed the way music is shared and downloaded,
    I’m sure the same will happen with video. Locks on doors only keep honest
    people honest it doesn’t stop a determined thief. For the most part in my
    opinion way over half of the pirated videos are terrible, barely watchable, there
    in fact are good copies of pirated music, video, software or anything else
    someone wants to steal. Ok there I said it, its stealing but this fact will not
    change the mind of people that think there is no other way to see or hear what
    they want, and they are not willing to wait for a video to come on over the air
    TV. Let’s face it these days there is less and less over the air TV to watch. Who
    wants to pay a couple hundred bucks for cable? I mean out of all those channels
    I only wanna few so let me pay for the few I want and charge me a fair price
    and I’ll play the game. I don’t wanna hear that B.S. about the main channels
    are subsidizing the artsy fartsy channels, I don’t give a damn about that….
    jus wanna pay for what I want period. If the cable companies dont soon fix
    their broken monopoly I’m thinking the bottom is gonna fall out… at least I
    hope so. The government has allowed them to price gouge us long enough, fix
    them and then maybe ya gotta chance to stop or at least slow down the so called
    rampant piracy that is allegedly happening.