U.S. News | Disney, Netflix Sues Streaming Service for Copyright Infringement

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Group of entertainment powerhouses including Disney Enterprises Inc., Netflix Studios, and Paramount Pictures Corp. has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against a streaming service firm, Crystal Clear Media for allegedly infringing their copyrights.

The plaintiffs allege that the Florida-based Crystal Clear Media illegally offers access to copyrighted Hollywood blockbusters movies including “Frozen II,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and “Despicable Me 3” and television programs online for a fee without permission, license or authorization.

The plaintiffs reportedly said that the defendant streaming platform encrypts its video-on-demand service by using public-facing labels such as virtual reality gaming which leads users to the copyrighted works.

The plaintiffs reportedly said that Crystal Clear Media and its resellers offer subscription packages to its users ranging from $15 to $40 per month to have access to its over 14,000 movies and over 3,000 TV series on-demand viewing.

The plaintiffs allege that Crystal Clear Media also offers live television which enables users to stream live during a legitimate broadcaster program through ESPN, NBCSN, and other popular channels.

The plaintiffs reportedly said that the infringement has caused lots of damages, unfair competition with their own video-on-demand services, including Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

The plaintiffs seek a permanent injunction and payment of damages.

The case is ongoing.

Disney Enterprises, Inc. et al v. TTKN Enterprises, LLC et al

Judge: George H Wu
Court: California Central District Court
Case #: 2:20-cv-07274
Nature of Suit: Copyright
Cause: Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: August 12, 2020
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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