By By By Mark Lilla, The Wall St. Journal Sep 16, 2018 07:19:53ZThe United States Copyright Office has filed an injunction against a Canadian firm accused of creating an online marketplace for selling pirated DVDs.
In the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights accused the company of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and a raft of U.K. anti-piracy measures, including the so-called fair use doctrine.
The filing comes days after the U,S.
Trade Representative accused the firm of engaging in a campaign of “cyberlockering” with copyright trolls.
“The defendant has engaged in numerous cyberlockering campaigns on behalf of its copyright holders, including by distributing counterfeit and pirated DVD titles and illegally distributing pirated software, including for use in pirated versions of movies, TV shows and games,” the filing said.
“The defendant also illegally distributed counterfeit and unauthorized DVDs and software.
The defendants conduct is designed to circumvent the takedown provisions of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.”
The complaint is one of the first legal actions taken by the UUHCL against a U.C. San Diego-based company.
In a statement, the company said it is “pleased to learn of this action and is confident the United States Government will uphold our rights as creators and publishers.”
The lawsuit was filed after UUHC issued a statement in July saying that the office was “concerned about the continued distribution of counterfeit DVDs and that UUHP is attempting to circumvent these takedown provisions.”
It also said UUHDL is “conducting activities that would violate the DMCA and similar laws, which are intended to protect the copyright owners.”
“We are committed to vigorously defending our rights and are pleased that the UUCHCL is bringing this action,” the statement said.
The UUHTCL is a non-profit group of civil society organisations that has been fighting copyright trolls since the 1990s.
Its president, Susan Brownell, told the San Francisco Chronicle last year that it was an important step to protect artists and publishers.
In its complaint, the office said UUCHTL’s website, which has since been taken down, featured a searchable database of pirated movies and TV shows that included links to more than a million “pirate” sites.
UUCHP’s website also contained a search function that, the complaint said, was used to identify pirated titles, which it then published and promoted on its website.
The site also contained links to other websites that were used to distribute and buy pirated copies of movies and television shows, the filing noted.
UUHSD’s website did not list any specific titles that it claimed were pirated.UUUCHTCL has been in the UHCL since 2005.
In the complaint the office noted that UUCHDL has not been identified as a copyright infringer.
In July, UUHRHCL announced that it had begun an “anti-piracy campaign” to fight pirated content.
In January, UUCHSD announced a “war chest” of more than $100,000 in donations from a variety of sources, including artists, filmmakers and publishers, to fight the scourge of online piracy.