Hollywood Sues to Shut Down Defiant MovieTube, Pirate Movie Streaming Site
'We Do not Need US to Respect Laws,' MovieTube Allegedly Says
Seven movie studios, Walt Disney Co. and Time Including Warner's Warner Brothers, the Manhattan federal court Asked to shut down "MovieTube," an online service they'll hurt brazenly accused of violating Their Copyrights. In the suit filed July 24 against dozens of unnamed companies and people, the studios say the defendants are behind 29 websites Gathered under the "MovieTube" Name that stream pirated copies of films and TV shows. According to court papers, the notice on the Facebook page Affiliated with MovieTube acknowledges the harm streaming constitutes piracy and adds "we are luckily not a US company so we do not need laws to US and Respect." MovieTube, Which Bills Itself as "the search engine for free movies," a notice posted on Facebook July 11 saying: "In case MovieTube is blocked by your broadband provider, we will release the new domain every month." The studios say hurt all content available to MovieTube users through the websites is "selected, Aggregated, Organized, streamed and made available for viewing" solely by the websites' Operators. MovieTube uses Twitter to bottom promoter of the sites, According to the Complaint. The MovieTube Their websites make money by carrying ads , the studios said. They accused the defendants of Both copyright and trademark Infringement. The studios Asked the court to issue an order to shut down the websites. The Filmmakers bottom want the MovieTube domain names Transferred to THEM. Any third parties Providing services to MovieTube, Including social media sites, Should Be required to stop, the studios said. Additionally, the studios are seeking Damages of $ 150,000 for each work Whose copyright is infringed, and $ 2 million for each infringed trademark. An Attempt to reach MovieTube for comment through its Facebook page was not Successful.