U.S. ISPs Ordered To Block Three Pirate Streaming Services

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A federal judge has ordered ISPs in the U.S. to block three pirate streaming services including Israel.tv, Israel-tv.com, and Sdarot.tv.

The orders also contain permanent injunctions against the defendants themselves and other types of companies that provided services to the defendants or could do so in the future.

The orders were issued after the three pirate steaming services operators, Doe defendants hiding behind false identities failed to show up in court.

“Defendants have gone to great lengths to conceal themselves and their ill-gotten proceeds from Plaintiffs’ and this Court’s detection, including by using multiple false identities and addresses associated with their operations and purposely deceptive contact information for the infringing Website,” the ruling says.

The orders came in their identical rulings issued on April 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Each ruling provides a list of 96 ISPS expected to block the websites. Those not on the list are also mandated to block the websites.

Financial institutions will also face similar bans on doing business with blocked websites.

The three lawsuits were filed by Israeli TV and movie producers and providers against Doe defendants. Each of the three rulings awarded damages of $7.65 million.

The sources for this piece include a story in ArsTechnica.


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