Hollywood studios have shut down a huge global piracy website being run from a house in suburban Auckland.
Local representatives of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) revealed the unnamed owner of the operation was the subject of a multi-million lawsuit lodged with the High Court on October 12.
The lawsuit was settled out of court and studios are declining to identify the New Zealander who ran the operation – called YTS – and the associated outfit – called YIFY.
According to the MPAA the Mt Wellington house was the base for one of the world’s most prolific groups involved in the illegal replication of copyrighted content offering over 4500 infringing movie titles online.
Due to the secrecy over the deal the Herald has been unable to reach the man and get his version of events – but the closure of YTS is the biggest ever action against a movie pirating operation In New Zealand.