iWorld

Viacom18, Star India & B4U win case against pirated streaming in US

MUMBAI: A US court has ordered closure of unauthorised digital streaming and distribution by the providers of the Cres TV and Shava STBs in further success for US pay-TV operator Dish. The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia recently awarded more than US$25 million in damages in another blow to peddlers of illegal video piracy services soon after forcing the closure of an illegal IPTV operation.

The court awarded the huge sum in damages to plaintiffs for unauthorised distribution of copyrighted works. Plaintiffs include Dish Network L.L.C., Al Jazeera Media Network, Asia TV USA Ltd., B4U U.S., Inc., GEO USA LLC, Impress Telefilm, Inc., MBC FZ LLC, MSM Asia Ltd., Soundview Broadcasting LLC, Soundview ATN LLC, Star India Private Ltd. and Viacom18 Media Private Limited.

Back in India, Viacom18 has secured a John Doe interim order from Madras High Court restricting more than 1250 identified and all other unidentified websites from making the infringing copies of Viacom18’s latest release i.e ‘Force2’ available for public viewing over internet.

In the said order, the Court has further directed 40 major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and also other unidentified ISPs to block all such pirate websites which are illegally making the said film available over internet, Advanced Television reported.

Back in India in Novermber 2016, Viacom18 had blocked Force 2 movie telecast across 1250 websites after getting an interim order from the Madras High Court  Viacom18 secured the John Doe interim order restricting identified and other unidentified websites from making the infringing copies of Viacom18’s release i.e ‘Force2’ available for public viewing over internet.

In the said order, the Court has further directed 40 major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and also other unidentified ISPs to block all such pirate websites which are illegally making the said film available over internet.

Viacom18 group general counsel Sujeet Jain said, “I welcome this order. It is estimated that India loses $2.5 billion to online movie piracy every year. This order is a significant development for the film industry in its fight against online piracy. As immediate next steps, we’ve also launched an investigation into identifying the source of piracy at the threshold level and we will be soon taking strict action on that front." Viacom18 had earlier successfully secured John Doe orders against infringement of its films Drishyam and ‘Manjhi – The Mountain Man’ as well.

Also Read :

Viacom18 blocks Force 2 across 1250 websites; gets interim order from Madras HC

IPL 2017: The Piracy Conundrum

FICCI FRAMES: Legitimate screens, stricter laws, best practices for IPR

'Make piracy an economic offence, good cos 'badvertise' too'

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/20/zee5.jpg?itok=i2Zre2d7
ZEE Tamil, ‘Yaman’, ‘Vadacurry’ and more…the Best of Tamil content now available EXCLUSIVELY on ZEE5 in malaysia!

Recently launched streaming platform ZEE5 today officially announced that, starting 1st April 2019, ZEE’s much-loved channel ZEE Tamil will stream EXCLUSIVELY on the platform for audiences across Malaysia.

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/20/simba.jpg?itok=Pvsz4RU7
ZEE5 set to premiere Simmba - the biggest blockbuster of the year

In another summer surprise for its viewers, ZEE5announces world digital premiere of SIMMBA - the biggest entertainer of the year.

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/20/Reed-Hastings.jpg?itok=Pml9GW4a
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on competition and content creation in India

With Amazon flexing its muscle and soon to be Disney-owned Hotstar in the fray, the Indian OTT market is super competitive and exciting, feels Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. "There is also lots happening on Amazon, and on Hotstar, which is now going to be owned by Disney... It's a super competitive,...

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/20/gautam.jpg?itok=6EkGRIcB
MX Player’s Gautam Talwar on content plans and digital measurement currency

The latest OTT entrant Times Internet-owned MX Player recently entered the space with five original series on the back of an ad-supported business model. To keep consumers engaged, it aims to launch five to six shows each quarter. While the platform is already working closely with advertisers, it...

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/19/hotstar.jpg?itok=lr8DQzBn
Hotstar to disrupt online video subscriptions with Hotstar VIP

Hotstar, India’s leading video streaming platform, launches ‘Hotstar VIP’ - a subscription that offers audiences the best of content at just INR 365 per year.

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/19/netflix.jpg?itok=aSXRSjHA
Netflix declines being part of Apple TV service

Streaming giant Netflix will not make its content available on Apple’s upcoming video offering.

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/19/google.jpg?itok=c7IyZdje
IPRS grants music license to Google for India

The Indian Performing Right Society Limited (IPRS) has granted a license to Google, enabling the company to utilise IPRS members’ Indian works repertoire in India across YouTube and related services.

iWorld Social Media
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/19/nazaraaa.jpg?itok=jKlqTZYb
Nazara Technologies, Delta Corp to invest Rs 40 cr in HalaPlay

Nazara Technologies Ltd and Delta Corp Ltd, which is India based casino gaming company, together will invest Rs 40 crore as part of Series-A funding round in an online daily fantasy sports platform, HalaPlay.

iWorld Gaming
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/18/kubrra.jpg?itok=LQ-03-af
Kubrra Sait to host an interactive Bollywood quiz show on Facebook

Internet's latest sensation, Kubbra Sait is all set to host Jhacaaash, an interactive Bollywood quiz show on Facebook Live.

iWorld Social Media

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories