Last year, a long list of studios, including Netflix and Amazon, sued the IPTV service Set TV Now. The lawsuit claims Set TV Now committed “mass infringement” of the content owned by the studios. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Central California, and the list of plaintiffs includes Amazon, Netflix, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Universal, and Warner Bros.
Now the judge has sided with ACE and issued a permanent injunction against Set TV Now. This is on top of the $90 million judgment DISH has already won, and the damages DISH won from a Set TV Now reseller.
This news comes after the lawsuit moved into the discovery phase, but the owner of Set TV Now, Jason Labossiere, and its employee, Nelson Johnson, both failed to respond to the deposition. The lawyer for Set TV Now has also had received permission from the court to withdraw from the case after non-payment from Set TV Now.
The Judge also ordered Set TV to pay $7.6 million in damages.
Now that ACE has won this lawsuit expect them to use this as a precedent to go after other IPTV streaming services in the United States. Outside of the United States, some pirate streaming sites customers are not just facing lawsuits but jail time. This comes as content owners are turning their sites to streaming services that illegally offer their content. Look for this to be the start of new legal actions against IPTV services.
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