ABS-CBN files $8M lawsuit against streaming site KissAsian.com
ABS-CBN Corp. has filed a lawsuit before the US Federal District Court against KissAsian.com for damages of over $8 million pertaining to Kissasian’s infringement of trademarks and registered copyrights of 27 of ABS-CBN’s television shows and movies.
According to ABS-CBN, KissAsian.com was found to be streaming 27 of ABS-CBN’s TV shows and movies including “Be My Lady”, “Born for You”, “Dolce Amore”, “You’re Still the One”, “Etiquette for Mistresses”, to name a few.
In addition, ABS-CBN was awarded this week an amended default judgment of nearly $11 million against 11 online websites that streams pirated versions of its programming. Among them are Freepinoychannel.com and Pnoytambayantv.com, each ordered to pay $1.18 million in statutory damages, Lambingan.to, Pinoynetwork.to and Tambaytayo.com for $1.09 million each, and Pinoymovie.to which was ordered to pay $1.24 million. The sites were also ordered to stop advertising, promoting, performing, copying, broadcasting or distributing ABS-CBN’s copyrighted work, which includes a variety of television programming.
“We are stepping up our anti-piracy enforcement in 2017. These pirate sites often victimize our fans when they access these sites and are later attacked by malware which steals their financial and personal data. We are going after every pirate wherever they live and operate. We arrested and sued numerous pirates last year and we plan to quadruple that effort this year.” said ABS-CBN’s Assistant Vice President of Global Anti-Piracy Elisha Lawrence in a statement.
source: ABS-CBN Social Media Newsroom