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ShowStash to pay studios $2.7 million

Website found guilty of violating copyrights

Website ShowStash.com is guilty of violating movie copyrights and must pay a total $2.7 million in damages to studios, the Motion Picture of Assn. announced Wednesday.

Judgment against ShowStash.com comes less than 10 days after a separate case against Cinematube.net resulted in a similar verdict in which damages of $1.3 million were awarded.

“ShowStash and Cinematube infringed the studios’ copyrights by actively searching for, identifying, collecting, organizing, indexing and posting on their websites links to illegal copies of motion pictures and television shows, which had been posted on third-party websites, allowing Internet users to locate and view the content,” the MPAA said.

Studios filed suit against both websites in 2007. Both have shut down.

“Our goal is to stop this kind of blatant and illegal activity,” John G. Malcolm, MPAA exec veep in charge of antipiracy, said in a statement. “These judgments indicate that the studios will not hesitate to vigorously pursue litigation against this type of site.”

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