Los Angeles – A federal court has ordered online advertising firm Triton Media to pay Hollywood movie studios Disney (NYSE: DIS) and Warner Bros. (NYSE: TWX) $400,000 for "contributory copyright infringement," for its role in providing material assistance to websites that post an index of links to unauthorized movie sites.
The studios allege that Triton helped drive traffic and generate revenue for pirate websites including Free-tv-video-online.info (FreeTV), ThePirateCity.org and Watch-movies.net.
"Triton Media was a key participant in the profit-making endeavors of a number of pirate sites and served a vital role in facilitating copyright infringement by working to provide a stream of revenue for those sites through advertising referrals," said Daniel M. Mandil, senior executive vice president, general counsel and chief content protection officer for the Motion Picture Association of America.
"This judgment underscores that those who knowingly facilitate the infringing activities of pirate websites and who profit from these illegal businesses are equally responsible and will be held accountable for their actions."
A copyright infringement judgment has already been issued against FreeTV, which was ordered to pay $1.5 million in damages.
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