The Pirate Website Owners Faced $10 Million FineAdded: Saturday, November 15th, 2014
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Federal court has recently ordered the owners of a number of small streaming services to pay about $10 million in damages to the entertainment and media conglomerate ABS-CBN, which welcomed the outcome as a landmark victory.
The entertainment and media conglomerate launched lawsuits against several website owners who link to pirated streams of its programming back in August 2014. The company filed a suit in Oregon and demanded millions of dollars in damages from a local married couple.
5 of the portals the husband and wife operated barely had any visitors. The man claimed that he just designed them for his wife to allow her enjoy entertainment from her home country, the Philippines. It is also known that those websites stored no infringing media, only provided links to other sites, and the couple shut them down voluntarily when they were notified about the lawsuit. However, ABS-CBN for some reason treated them as hardcore criminals.
Finally, the case is over, and the court handed down the decision in favor of the plaintiffs and ordered the couple to pay an enormous $10 million in damages. Of course, ABS-CBN was very happy with the ruling and claimed it would continue to pursue action against pirate websites. The company revealed that it has begun a relentless campaign against all pirate sites because of the multiple reports that those services often carry or distribute dangerous malware that may cause harm like identify theft and phishing attacks.
Although those $10 million may look good for PR purposes, the company forgot to mention that this was not a regular court ruling, but a consent judgment between the media conglomerate and site operator which the court signed off on. This means that the $10 million is a figure both parties agreed on, without any fight. Of course, it’s likely that a separate deal was made behind the scenes. Moreover, a few weeks before the consent judgment the court had been notified that the parties had settled the case. This can be confirmed by the response of the couple after they were “hit” by the judgment – they simply warned not to mess with the company, but didn’t complain about the size of the damages.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
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Saturday, November 15th, 2014
|its easy doing something illegal = penalty/fine thats very understandable|
|posted by (2014-11-16 17:46:10)|
|Waow. They agreed with the $10 million figure without a fight? Huh??? Well, that's a pretty nice and generous couple we have here.|
|Sue them more, I don't know why thepiratebay like hacking beside spamming with these annoying ads that pops up like dog shiit?!|
|posted by (2014-11-16 20:29:00)|
|I like how the writer tries to spin it by offering excuses, e.g., "...5 of the portals barely had any visitors...he created it so his wife could enjoy it from the Philippines...they took it down when they were notified by the lawsuit...etc." Give me a break. For whatever reason, i.e., even if he streamed it for his dying mother who just happens to love ABS-CBN shows, he screwed up, and of course he took it down after he was notified by the lawsuit! The problem is, why didn't he take it down before the lawsuit? You know, when they contacted him? I also like how you pimp the "local married couple" aspect. Just report it as it is and stop trying to sway or sugar our opinion. Or if you want to brain wash us, do it better. You're just like them, buddy. The bottom line is, he screwed up, and he understood the risks, and was cognizant of what he was doing. So, he must bear the costs. What, do you think he really just hosted the portals for the hell of it, for his wife?? No, buddy. It was for profit. Wake up.|
|posted by (2014-11-18 01:23:31)|
|..or they could be who they say and the corporation secretly let them off and is just using the case/ruling to scare everyone ..|
|posted by (2014-11-18 03:05:43)|
|Did any of you two previous commenters even bother to read the article? I thought it was pretty clearly stated that for all the hype and publicity hoopla represented by the huge 10 million judgement figure was one thing entirely different. It is more than likely from the article that the actual behind the scenes amount agreed to by the couple was negligible. ABS-CBN doesnt do shows the way a network like NBC or CBS or HBO does, it is an entertainment and media conglomerate. thanks for the article||
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