Bell, Rogers and different Canadian media corporations have been awarded almost $30 million in damages in a Federal Court ruling in a lawsuit in opposition to retailers promoting Android-powered set-top containers that streamed unauthorized and pirated content material.
L3D Distributing Inc. doing enterprise as (dba) INL3D, Morcor Computers 2000 LTD., Ottawa Tek Corporation dba Ottawa Tek Communications and Raheel Rafiq might want to pay a mixed $29.3 million in statutory damages. The fee will go to Bell (together with Bell Canada, Expressvu Limited Partnership and Bell Media), Vidéotron, Group TVA, Rogers Communications and Rogers Media.
In the published choice, Justice Janet Fuhrer wrote that the defendants “have advertised and sold pre-loaded set top boxes and IPTV services in Canada online and at brick-and-mortar locations, thus providing unauthorized access to the Plaintiffs’ content.”
Fuhrer goes on to notice that the defendants didn’t reply to or take part within the motion, and due to this fact she granted default judgment in opposition to them. The statutory damages quantity to $10,000 per infringed work, which breaks down as follows:
In a press launch, Bell welcomed the ruling.
“Bell invests hundreds of millions of dollars every year to develop, produce, acquire and deliver great Canadian and international content over multiple platforms, but content piracy continues to undermine the entire media industry, including the work of many Canadians,” mentioned Wade Oosterman, president of Bell Media and vice chair of BCE, in a launch.
Bell’s launch goes on to argue that TV piracy prices Canadian broadcasters and distributors $500 million to $650 million per 12 months. The firm additionally took a chance to speak about its help of a “comprehensive approach” that will leverage the federal authorities and CRTC to scale back content material piracy by eradicating stolen content material from on-line platforms and blocking entry to web sites distributing unlawful content material.
However, that plan has been extensively criticized for its disproportionate response to piracy and for the potential menace to web entry it poses, akin to rampant over-blocking that might threaten entry to authentic content material and web sites. While piracy is a priority, making it simpler and extra inexpensive to entry content material is an effective way to scale back piracy.