US Court has ordered all ISP, web hosting companies, domain registrars, CDN services providers, payment service providers, etc. to block access to illegal streaming sites
United King Film Distribution copyright violation case
This case was heard and determined by Katherine Polk Failla, United States District Judge on 26 April 2022 at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
- Plaintiffs: United King Film Distribution Ltd
- Defendants: Owners of Israeli-tv.com (website)
United King Film Distribution accused Israeli-tv.com and its affiliated sites of streaming its original content outside the authorized territory (The State of Israel) and without copyright permission. It argued that Israeli-tv.com violated the anti-circumvention provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
About United King Film Distribution
United King Film Distribution is an entertainment and news content producer based in Israel. Subscribers can access its content through cable, broadcasting, or online platforms. United King Film Distribution owns a valid U.S. copyright registration of its content.
Judge Katherine Polk Failla found Israeli-tv.com guilty and awarded United King Film Distribution statutory damages amounting to a total of $7,650,000 for all the copyright violations. They were also awarded pre-judgment interest at the statutory rate of 9% per year from December 22, 2021.
Permanent Injunction Orders (summary)
All persons, employees, and companies offering services that support Israeli-tv.com or any of its affiliated streaming services were restrained from offering services to them.
Companies that were ordered to ensure that the injunction is complied with include but are not limited to web hosting, domain registrars, advertising, promotion, broadcasting, payment services providers, CDN providers, DNS providers, VPN providers, website security service providers, banks, etc.
All ISPs in the United States were also ordered to block access to the website and any of its affiliated domains.
The Judge also ordered all domain registrars to transfer the infringing domains (existing and new) to United King Film Distribution Ltd (plaintiff).
Lastly, banks and payment processors were asked to restrain transfer, withdrawal, or disposing of money or stocks from accounts of the copyright violator or its agents, employees, and confederates until they have settled the full payment to United King Film Distribution as ordered by the court. Failure to settle the amount within 30 business days of the order, the United King Film Distribution Ltd shall reclaim funds from the restrained accounts of the copyright violators (defendants).
You can read detailed information about the ruling at casetext.