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MPAA Sues ShowStash.com
July 13, 2007
Thomas Mennecke
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Last month, the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) announced they were suing two video streaming sites, YouTVpc.com and Peekvid.com. Although these sites don't actually host the infringing material in question, they do index and stream content from servers around the world. This was enough to be considered a haven for copyright infringement, as it appears another site, ShowStash.com, has earned a similar reputation from the MPAA.

Today, the MPAA announced a new lawsuit against ShowStash.com, which functions much in the same way as YouTVpc.com and Peekvid.com. The site is categorized into four major genres; Television, Cartoons, Anime, and Movies. Popular entertainment such as CSI, House, Heroes, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Bridge to Terabithia are readily available.

Unlike the previous two lawsuit recipients, ShowStash.com doesn't appear to have theatrically released movies. There are newer movies available, however the most recent releases are at least several months old. However the bottom line, according to the MPAA, is that ShowStash.com is just as illegal as YouTVpc.com and Peekvid.com.

“ShowStash is a one-stop-shop for copyright infringement and the operators’ sole purpose is to disseminate content that has been illegally reproduced and distributed,” said John Malcolm, Executive Vice President and Director of Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations for the MPAA. “Sites like ShowStash are breaking the law and our goal is to put these movie theft ‘entrepreneurs’ out of business for good.”

These types of sites have become more popular recently, as they are seen as a safer alternative to BitTorrent and eDonkey2000 by some. But they hardly provide the same quality and resources, which has inhibited this genre from becoming a major online force. Considering the great risk of maintaining a blatantly centralized location for such media, its likely they never will.

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Entertainment Industry :: MPAA
Entertainment Industry :: MPAA

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