Pirate site owner to pay ABS-CBN $25 Million copyright damage


ABS-CBN vs piracy
ABS-CBN vs piracy

CALIFORNIA, USA – 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. 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.

“This is another example of our relentless campaign to enforce against all pirate sites wherever in the world the pirate is located. This time we have found the pirate operating out of Auckland, New Zealand,” said Elisha Lawrence, ABS-CBN International’s Assistant Vice President of Global Anti-Piracy.

Among the many pirate sites Motomal owned were pinoy-ako.re, webpinaytambayan.com, pinayshowbiz.com, pinoy-tube.com, and watchpinoy24.net. (Please see graphic for complete list).

The list of the 90 sites Von Ryan Motomal of New Zealand owned that infringed the copyrights and trademarks of ABS-CBN's movies and TV shows. Under the terms of the judgment, Motomal’s pirate sites will all be transferred to ABS-CBN. This latest win follows the $10M judgment against Jeffrey Ashby imposed by the U.S. Federal District Court in Oregon, the search and seizure of pirate DVDs and other items from the home of Mary Smith in Australia, the largest eBay seller of pirated ABS-CBN DVDs in the world and the recent $12M federal lawsuit filed against 18 pirate sites for alleged copyright and trademark infringment of ABS-CBN's content.
The list of the 90 sites Von Ryan Motomal of New Zealand owned that infringed the copyrights and trademarks of ABS-CBN’s movies and TV shows. Under the terms of the judgment, Motomal’s pirate sites will all be transferred to ABS-CBN. This latest win follows the $10M judgment against Jeffrey Ashby imposed by the U.S. Federal District Court in Oregon, the search and seizure of pirate DVDs and other items from the home of Mary Smith in Australia, the largest eBay seller of pirated ABS-CBN DVDs in the world and the recent $12M federal lawsuit filed against 18 pirate sites for alleged copyright and trademark infringment of ABS-CBN’s content.

“This is another instance wherein ABS-CBN pursued a pirate, a content thief, and won,” said ABS-CBN Global COO Raffy 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.