ABS-CBN again files a $12 million lawsuit against 18 pirated websites that are providing on-demand streaming performances of full-length versions of ABS-CBN’s TV shows and movies through their websites. These pirated websites posted or display ABS-CBN programs on their websites just a few minutes after the shows aired in the Philippines.
August 2014 when the first batch of these kind of websites, taken down online by the order of the US Court of Oregon. The reason why all the popular Pinoy Tambayan websites suddenly disappear. After almost two months ABS-CBN wins the case and ordered the owner, Jeffrey Ashby to pay $10 million for damages resulting from his infringing the copyright trademark of ABS-CBN by rebroadcasting its TV shows to his websites.
Recently, ABS-CBN again filed suit in US Federal District Court in Florida against 18 pirated websites for damages of over $12 million dollars, resulting from the infringement of the copyrights and trademarks of ABS-CBN’s popular TV shows and movies.
Here’s the full report from ABS-CBN Social Media Newsroom websites which include the 18 domain names of pirated websites.
ABS-CBN Corporation, ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc (Star Cinema) and ABS-CBN International filed suit in US Federal District Court in Florida last November 21, 2014 against 18 pirate sites for damages of over $12 million dollars resulting from the infringement of the copyrights and trademarks of ABS-CBN’s popular TV shows and movies.
The defendants are partnerships or unincorporated business associations which operate through domain names registered with registrars in the U.S. and elsewhere. Their domain names are the following:
- buhaypinoyofw.net, freepinoytvshows.net
- hapeetube.biz, lovelytube.biz, pinoy-telebisyon.biz, pinoy-telebisyon.org;
- telebyuwers.ph, telebyuwers.tv
Based on the complaint, the defendants provide on-demand streaming performances of full-length versions of ABS-CBN’s TV shows and movies through their websites. Defendants often display the latest content to their servers within minutes or hours of the original broadcast in the Philippines. Further, they control the organization and presentation of the content by providing links to ABS-CBN shows and promote and advertise the content as ABS-CBN’s through search engine optimization and meta tags, including the use of ABS-CBN’s marks, then stream the shows for users’ viewing through their websites. With the popularity of ABS-CBN films and TV shows, these sites drive significant traffic that enables them to reap profits from advertising and other revenue.
According to ABS-CBN AVP of Global Anti-Piracy Elisha Lawrence, “this is another phase in our relentless enforcement campaign to identify and punish pirates whose sites have been reported to contain malware that can cause substantial financial harm to innocent people who were just trying to view our shows and movies.”
This latest lawsuit comes on the heels of the police search and seizure by police in Victoria, Australia at the home of Mary Smith in the suburb of Barooga, New South Wales in Australia where numerous pirate ABS-CBN DVDs, DVD burners and hundreds of pirated ABS-CBN movies on computer hard drives were located. Recently, ABS-CBN also received a US$10 million judgment from the U.S. Federal District Court in Oregon against Jeffrey Ashby for damages from his infringing the copyrights and well-known trademarks of ABS-CBN by rebroadcasting ABS-CBN’s popular TV shows and movies on his pirate websites. Among the many pirate sites that Ashby owned were watchfilipinotv.com, watchfilipinomovies.com and pinoytalaga.com.
“We at ABS-CBN are committed to giving our viewers the best viewing experience for our content and protecting the rights of the talented creative and production teams that work hard to deliver these shows and films,” said ABS-CBN Global COO Raffy Lopez. “Online pirates undermine that, hence, we are determined to discourage and stop them.”
ABS-CBN AVP of Global Anti-Piracy Elisha Lawrence said before that Ashby is only the first of many pirates, they are pursuing and they have begun a relentless campaign to enforce against all pirate websites due to the numerous reports that these sites contain dangerous malware which cause substantial harm including identify theft of financial information and phishing attacks.
If you don’t have TFC or other Filipino channel in your place and only the internet is your only source to watch Pinoy TV shows online, you can still watch through their official websites. You can read the full instructions in my previous article “How to watch pinoy TV shows online“.