federal judge ordered all internet service providers in the United States to block three pirated streaming services run by defendants Doe who never showed up in court and hid under assumed names.
The blocking orders affect Israel.tv, Israel-tv.com, and Sdarot.tv, as well as their associated domains listed in the rules, and any other domains that may host infringing websites in the future. The orders consisted of three essentially identical decrees (see para. here, hereand here), issued April 26 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Each ruling contains a list of 96 ISPs expected to block websites, including Comcast, Charter, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. But the ruling says that all ISPs must comply with the requirements, even if they are not on the list:
In addition, all Internet Service Providers (including but not limited to those identified in Appendix B hereto) and any other Internet Service Providers providing services in the United States are ordered to block access to the Website on any known website today. domain address (including, but not limited to, those listed in Appendix A hereto) or for future use by Defendants (“Recently Discovered Websites”) by any technological means available on ISP systems. Domain addresses and any newly discovered websites must be routed in such a way that users cannot connect to and/or use the website and the ISP’s DNS servers redirect them to a landing page managed and controlled by Claimants (the “Landing Page” ).
This landing page available here and cites U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla “an order to block all access to this website/service due to copyright infringement.”
“If you are harmed in any way by the court’s decision, you may petition the Federal Court for the Southern District of New York in the above case,” the landing page also says.
The three lawsuits were filed by Israeli television and film producers and providers against Doe’s defendants, who operate the websites. Each of the three decisions awarded $7.65 million in damages. TorrentFreak pointed to solutions in article monday.
The orders also contain permanent injunctions against the defendants themselves and other types of companies that provided services to the defendants or might do so in the future. This includes companies such as Cloudflare, GoDaddy, Google and Namecheap.
In all three cases, none of the defendants responded to complaints or appeared in court, according to the judge’s rulings. “The Defendants have made every effort to hide themselves and their ill-gotten gains from discovery by Claimants and this court, including by using several false names and addresses associated with their operations and deliberately misleading contact details for the web site that violates copyright, ”the resolution says. .
Defendants are liable for copyright infringement and have violated the non-circumvention clause Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)the judge wrote, describing the violation as follows:
Through the Website, Defendants have retransmitted and streamed Plaintiffs’ original content, broadcast channels and television services that are permitted to be broadcast and/or viewed only within the State of Israel and under license. Infringing broadcasts include original content created and owned by Plaintiffs, primarily in Hebrew, and from major studios in the United States and other countries, licensed to Plaintiffs for broadcast exclusively in Israel (excluding those expressly licensed for broadcast in the United States).
The plaintiffs are United King Film Distribution, DBS Satellite Services (1998), HOT Communication Systems, Reshet Media and Keshet Broadcasting. While Plaintiffs “transmit their programs in encrypted form,” Defendants’ “various services and equipment allow end users to bypass Plaintiffs’ encryption to view Plaintiffs’ content,” the ruling said.
The judge ordered domain registrars and registries to transfer domain names to the plaintiffs. The rulings include injunctions against “third parties providing services used in connection with Defendants’ operations,” including web hosts, content delivery networks, DNS providers, VPN providers, web designers, search-based online advertising services, and others.
Financial institutions face similar bans on doing business with blocked websites. The rulings deal specifically with the Defendants’ money accounts, stating that the Plaintiffs “shall have permanent authority to serve this Order on any party controlling or otherwise in possession of such accounts” until they “have received full payment of the moneys due to them.” by any Respondent pursuant to this order.” This applies to PayPal, banks and payment processors in general.
This story originally appeared on Ars Technique.
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