September 21, 2017 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES

ABS-CBN sues illegal streaming website

ABS-CBN Corp. on Friday said it has filed a lawsuit against website KissAsian.com, which it accused of illegally streaming its television shows and movies, such as “Dolce Amore” and “Be My Lady.”


In a statement, ABS-CBN said it filed the case against KissAsian.com before the US Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida, seeking damages of over $8 million for allegedly infringing the trademarks and registered copyrights of 27 of its shows and movies.

The media and entertainment giant said the move is in line with industry efforts to strengthen anti-piracy enforcement.

“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,” ABS-CBN Assistant Vice President of Global Anti-Piracy Elisha Lawrence was quoted as saying.

At the same time, ABS-CBN said it was awarded this week an amended default judgment of nearly $11 million against 11 websites that illegally stream the company’s shows and movies.

Among the pirate websites that provide full-length versions of ABS-CBN’s television shows and movies were Freepinoychannel.com and Pnoytambayantv.com, each ordered by the US court to pay $1.18 million in statutory damages.

Also, Lambingan.to, Pinoynetwork.to and Tambaytayo.com are ordered to pay $1.09 million each and Pinoymovie.to, $1.24 million in statutory damages.

ABS-CBN had requested at least $2 million in statutory damages per counterfeit trademark used, as well as triple the defendants’ profits from the alleged infringement. -- JCL