The popular Pinoy Channel websites catering Filipino TV show allegedly infringing copyright especially shows produced by ABS-CBN has been successfully taken down when ABS-CBN Corporation, ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc. and ABS-CBN International filed a Complaint For Trademark And Copyright Infringement.
Sites like Pinoy-ako.info, phnoy.com, Pinoy Tambayan, and other related websites are now not accessible. The reason are, on August 7, 2014, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, ABS-CBN Corporation filed a complaint for Trademark And Copyright Infringement to the site owners JEFFREY ASHBY and LENIE ASHBY, some of their websites are;
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The court also grants the request of ABS-CBN to take down all the websites posting their shows before the site owners knew that they were getting sued. This is why Pinoy-ako.info, phnoy.com and other Pinoy TV websites suddenly disappear.
A few days after the takedown of websites allegedly infringing copyrights, similar sites appear which maybe the same admin or owners runs the site. Some of this site are; Pinoy-Ako.re which is almost similar to pinoy-ako.info, phnoy.org also the same to phnoy.com that’s already taken down. New domain also created like freepinoytvshows.net, pinaytambayan.org, pinoychannel.to, pinoytv.me, teleseryereplay.com and many more. They just change their domain name, duplicate or export the content of the old website and they are good to go.
Even Google updates their Pirate algorithm which aims to demote the websites with pirated content, all of these new websites I mention above outrank the old and genuine website like tfc.tv and iwantv.com.ph, the admin of this site are very good in SEO (Search Engine Optimization). If you try to search on google the keyword “Pinoy tv“, “Pinoy Tambayan” and “Pinoy channel” they are on the first, second, third and so on, until on the second page.
Update: On October 28, 2014, the US court in Oregon ruled in favor of ABS-CBN and ordered Ashby to pay the network $10 million for damages resulting from his infringing the copyrights. Full details below.
The full copy of the complaint of ABS-CBN in PDF Document below, this complaint can also be viewed when you try to access one of the websites mentioned above.
If you’re previously using this websites to watch your favorite Pinoy TV shows, particularly the ABS-CBN shows, you can still watch on their official channel like iwantv.com.ph if you’re residing in the Philippines or TFC.tv if you’re outside the country. You just need to register on this site to watch the shows.
You can also watch other pinoy TV shows for free using the official websites of GMA 7 and TV 5 Channel, which gives their viewers free access to their previous TV episodes. To learn more how to watch Pinoy TV online please, refer to this post.
Unlike ABS-CBN, this two channel didn’t file complaint to take down their uploaded TV show episode online. This maybe the reason why other pirated websites continue to publish their shows which also embrace by the Filipinos around the world.
Updates 10/28/14: After almost three months since ABS-CBN filed a case against website admin Jeffrey Ashby, the US court of Oregon ruled in favor of ABS-CBN. The court ordered Ashby to pay the network $10 million for damages resulting from his infringing the copyrights and well-known trademarks of ABS-CBN by rebroadcasting its TV shows and movies on video streaming websites.
Elisha Lawrence, associate vice president of Global Anti-Piracy for ABS-CBN International said that “Jeff Ashby is the first of many pirates that we are pursuing.”
“We have begun a relentless campaign to enforce against all pirate websites due to the numerous reports that these sites contain dangerous malware which causes substantial harm including identify theft of financial information and phishing attacks,” she added.
Meanwhile, in a statement, Jeffrey Ashby also warned other website owners publishing ABS-CBN content to stop what they are doing immediately or else it will lead to very serious consequences. Source