ABS-CBN sues owners of websites with pirated Kapamilya shows, movies

Broadcast giant ABS-CBN said it is stepping up efforts to combat piracy and is suing owners of websites with pirated Kapamilya shows and movies.

ABS-CBN sues owners of websites wih pirated Kapamilya shows

A Balitang America report says the company has sued a Filipina and her American husband identified as Jeffrey and Renie Ashby for a whopping $10 million "for damages resulting from their alleged ownership of numerous pirate sites which infringe upon the copyrights and trademarks" of "ABN-CBN's popular TV shows and movies."

ABS-CBN filed a "Complaint For Trademark And Copyright Infringement, And For Injunctive Relief" against the couple before an Oregon federal court last August 7. A temporary restraining order has been issued against 12 pirate sites, the report said.

Among the infringing websites allegedly owned by the Ashby couple are pinoymoviefan.com, watchfilipinotv.com, and watchfilipinomovies.com, all now contain a copy of the "NOTICE TO DEFENDANTS."

Elisha Lawrence, ABS-CBN International Associate Vice President of Global Anti-Piracy, said in a statement:

We have begun a relentless campaign to enforce against all pirate sites because of the numerous reports we are receiving that these pirate sites contain dangerous malware which cause substantial harm to people including identity theft of their financial information, phishing attacks where people receive emails from their banks asking for passwords and attacks on their email contacts. We will not rest until every one of these pirate sites are down and the owners of these sites are punished."