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Old 05-10-2017
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Registries Are Ordered to Take Control of Infringing Domains

A US district court has ordered registries to seize control of nearly two dozen domains used to operate copyright-infringing websites. The court issued the preliminary injunction following an application by a TV outfit against platforms accused of copyright and trademark infringement. Besides, the court ordered domain privacy services to unmask the operators of the websites.


ABS-CBN is known as the largest media and entertainment company in the Philippines targeting even more infringing sites in the US than the MPAA. As part of its efforts, the company targets the domains of pirate websites. Several times, the company has found courts willing to step in with ex parte orders, and the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida was one of them. The TV company approached the court last month again, bringing allegations against 19 streaming platforms, who are claimed to be advertising and holding out to the public that they have some copyrighted content and perform it over the Internet in order to illegally profit from it without the copyright holders’ consent.

ABS-CBN claimed direct and contributory copyright infringement, trademark infringement and unfair competition, and demanded maximum statutory damages in the amount of $150,000 per each case of infringement, along with injunctive relief to avoid future violation of their rights. The Court satisfied their claim and ordered the domain registrars of the infringing websites to transfer the domains to a holding account operated by a new registrar chosen by ABS-CBN, pending the outcome of the case. At the same time, any other domains properly brought to the Court’s attention can also be seized, according to the court order.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
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