ABS-CBN sues Canadian firm for copyright breach | Inquirer Business
Close  

ABS-CBN sues Canadian firm for copyright breach

/ 05:18 AM August 10, 2017

Media giant ABS-CBN Corp. sued a Canadian company and several individuals for distributing equipment that allowed viewers to illegally access its television shows and movies.

The broadcast firm filed a $5-million damage suit against Techspeed Canada Inc., Joe Baddas, Ferdinand Molina and Todd Ross before the Canadian Federal Court for copyright infringement, trademark infringement and enabling and inducing copyright infringement of its copyrighted works.

ADVERTISEMENT

ABS-CBN said Techspeed Canada Inc. and the aforementioned individuals sold set-top boxes that allowed buyers to access hundreds of its copyrighted movies and TV shows they otherwise had to pay for through The Filipino Channel.

Officials of the company, based in Alberta, Canada, could not be immediately reached for comment.

FEATURED STORIES

In a statement, ABS-CBN assistant vice president and head of global antipiracy Elisha Lawrence alleged the respondents “were taking advantage of ABS-CBN’s premium subscription service through its digital platform, TFC.tv, by registering over 78 e-mails and distributing the usernames and passwords to hundreds of customers.”

“These customers were participating in this illegal activity by paying the Techspeed group and giving access to their credit card information,” Lawrence added.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: ABS-CBN Corp., Canadian company, copyright infringement, Ferdinand Molina, Joe Baddas, Techspeed Canada Inc., television shows and movies, Todd Ross, trademark infringement
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Curated business news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.