ABS-CBN Corporation, ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc (Star Cinema) and ABS-CBN International ("ABS-CBN") received a judgment today for $25 million in the U.S. Federal Court in the Southern District of Florida against Vonn Ryan Motomal from New Zealand.
ABS-CBN Wins $25M Judgement On Copyright And Trademark Infringement Case
Dec 14, 2014 at 5:42 PM
Posted by : Pinoy Secret Writer
Filed Under : News & Events
Motomal owned more than 90 pirate sites which were infringing the copyrights and trademarks of ABS-CBN’s popular TV shows and movies. Under the terms of the judgment, Motomal’s pirate sites will all be transferred to ABS-CBN.
Elisha Lawrence, ABS-CBN International’s Assistant Vice President of Global Anti-Piracy said, "This is another example of our relentless campaign to enforce against all pirate sites wherever in the world the pirate is located. Th is time we have found the pirate operating out of Auckland, New Zealand,".
"This is another instance wherein ABS-CBN pursued a pirate, a content thief, and won,” said ABS-CBN Global COORaffy Lopez. “We will continue to challenge anyone who will undermine the integrity of our copyrighted body of work to rightfully protect the talented creative teams that worked hard to produce them."
Lawrence added: "We are continuing to receive reports that these pirate sites contain dangerous malware which cause substantial harm to people including identify theft of their financial information, phishing attacks where people receive emails from their banks asking for passwords and attacks on their email contacts. Just investigating these sites caused our computers to become infected with numerous viruses. We will not rest until every one of these pirate sites are down and the owners of these sites are held financially responsible and punished."
ABS-CBN has recently partnered with Crimestoppers . Please call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 if you have any information on a pirate site and you could be eligible for a reward if your information leads to the conviction of the pirates involved.