MPAA Sues Two Movie Sites

    July 30, 2008

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), acting on behalf of the major studios, has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles against and for alleged copyright infringement.

The MPAA says the sites contribute to and profit from copyright infringement by identifying, posting, and indexing links to infringing content on the Internet allowing people to then view on-demand.

The organization says (Free Online Movie DataBase) and Movierumor rely on advertisers to run their sites and profit from third-party advertising pitches. Fomdb servers are located in Charlotte, North Carolina and Movierumor’s are in Chicago. The two sites combine attract 27,000 unique visitors per day who view over 97,000 pages of content.

"There are many people operating illegal websites like these who are profiting from the theft of protected content. We have filed several other similar lawsuits and will continue to do so in order to hold operators accountable for their illegal activities. We have every intention of shutting down these, and sites like them, for good," said John Malcolm,Executive Vice President and Director of Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations for the MPAA.

Globally the motion picture industry lost $18.2 billion in 2005 due to piracy with $7 billion estimated to be from online piracy.