Los Angeles -- A federal judge entered a $400,000 judgment in favor of Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., affiliates of two member studios of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), in their suit against Arizona-based Triton Media LLC. The lawsuit charged that Triton Media engaged in contributory copyright infringement and inducement of copyright infringement of the studios' motion pictures and television shows by operating and providing material assistance such as advertising consulting and referrals and other services engineered to drive traffic to and generate revenue for Free-tv-video-online.info ("FreeTV"). FreeTV is a website that posts and indexes links to infringing copies of the studios' works found elsewhere on the Internet. Triton Media provided similar services to other infringing websites, including ThePirateCity.org and Watch-movies.net.
The judgment also bars Triton Media from engaging in any further activity that would infringe the studios' copyrighted works.
"Triton Media was a key participant in the profit-making endeavors of a number of pirate sites and served a vital role in facilitating copyright infringement by working to provide a stream of revenue for those sites through advertising referrals," said Daniel M. Mandil, Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Content Protection Officer for the MPAA. "This judgment underscores that those who knowingly facilitate the infringing activities of pirate websites and who profit from these illegal businesses are equally responsible and will be held accountable for their actions."
The lawsuit arose out of a copyright infringement lawsuit against the operators of FreeTV. That lawsuit resulted in entry of a judgment for $1.5 million dollars against the individual and corporate owners and operators of FreeTV: Mohy Mir and Supernovatube, Inc.
The major motion picture studios and the technology industry are working together to deliver to consumers a variety of legal choices for enjoying movies, whether they are at home or on the road. There are more than 275 legal websites around the world that provide high quality, digital content online to consumers. These sites make available all types of legal consumer offerings, including: ad-supported viewing, rental viewing, download-to-own, and subscription viewing.