The Motion Picture Association of America, (MPAA) on behalf
of the major Hollywood movie studios filed lawsuits
yesterday against YouTVpc.com and Peekvid.com ? websites
that facilitate copyright infringement on the Internet, according to the organization.
MPAA claims that sites like YouTVpc and Peekvid contribute
to and profit from massive copyright infringement by
identifying, posting, organizing, and indexing links to
infringing content found on the Internet that consumers can
then view on-demand by visiting these sites.
"The sole purpose of these sites is to disseminate content
that has been illegally reproduced and distributed. They are
a one-stop shop for copyright infringement. These lawsuits
should serve as a warning to other aspiring movie theft
'entrepreneurs' that they are not above the law and will
face serious consequences for their activities. Profiting
from the theft of other people?s creative works is illegal
and must be stopped," said John Malcolm, Executive Vice
President and Director of Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations
for the MPAA.
Peekvid - whose servers are located in San Antonio, Texas -
averages over 53,000 unique users per day who view over
184,000 pages of content. YouTVpc ? whose servers are
located in Scottsdale, Arizona - averages more than 6,000
unique daily visitors who view over 21,000 pages of content
Civil lawsuits were filed against YouTVpc and Peekvid in
U.S. District Court in Los Angeles for damages and
injunctive relief for violations under the United States
Copyright Act of 1976.