July 3, 2019
Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and several Hollywood studios are seeking default judgement regarding millions in damages from a shuttered Florida-based streaming service accused of copyright infringement.
The SVOD services and studios last year — through their Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment anti-piracy coalition — filed litigation against Set Broadcast LLC, which had marketed an online set-top device dubbed “Set TV Now” affording 260,000 subscribers access to preloaded movies and TV shows.
“Defendants market and sell subscriptions to ‘SeTVnow,’ a software application that defendants urge their customers to use as a tool for the mass infringement of plaintiffs’ copyrighted motion pictures and television shows,” read the complaint filed last April in U.S. District Court in Central California, Western Division.
The complaint cited 51 copyrighted works illegally distribution causing more than $7.6 million in statutory damages. Defendants include Jason Labossiere, owner of Set TV, and employee Nelson Johnson.
After reportedly hiring legal representation to answer the lawsuit, Labossiere and Johnson allegedly failed to respond to legal inquiries or pay their legal bills.
“Though the Setvnow service appears to no longer be available, Set Broadcast’s apparent cessation of its willful and flagrant infringement does not and should not prevent this court from exercising its discretion to permanently enjoin Set Broadcast from infringing plaintiffs’ copyrighted works,” read the amended complaint first reported by TorrentFreek.com. “There is a significant threat of continuing irreparable injuries to plaintiffs.”
Whether Netflix & Co. see any damages paid remains to be seen. Dish Network already has a $90 million judgement against Set TV that must be paid.
A hearing on the default judgement is slated for July 29.