ABS-CBN wins $10M judgement vs. internet pirate


October 10, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. – ABS-CBN received a judgment from the U.S. Federal District Court in Oregonagainst Jeffrey Ashby for damages of $10 million resulting from his infringing the copyrights and well-known trademarks of ABS-CBN by rebroadcasting ABS-CBN’s popular TV shows and movies on his pirate websites.  Among the many pirate sites that Ashby owned were watchfilipinotv.com, watchfilipinomovies.com and pinoytalaga.com. 

Jeffrey Ashby made a statement about the $10 million judgment against him:

“I wish to warn anyone who may be copying and/or publishing content owned by ABS-CBN without their permission, to stop immediately. Continuing without authorization can and will lead to very serious consequences.”

“Jeff Ashby is the first of many pirates that we are pursuing,” said Elisha Lawrence, Associate Vice President of Global Anti-Piracy for ABS-CBN International “We have begun a relentless campaign to enforce against all pirate websites due to the numerous reports that these sites contain dangerous malware which cause substantial harm including identify theft of financial information and phishing attacks.”

ABS-CBN has recently partnered with CCrime Stoppers USA. Please call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 if you have any information on a pirate website, and you could be eligible for a reward if your information leads to the conviction of the pirates involved.

ABS-CBN is represented in Oregon by Matt Levin of Markowitz Herbold PC, in New York by Tony Onorato of Steptoe & Johnson and in Florida by Stephen Gaffigan.


For more information, contact:
Karie Trujillo
503-219-2343 (work)
503-943-0189 (cell)

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  • Mary
    20 January 2015 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Ano na po ang balita sa kasong ito? Paano nila mababayaran ang 10M dollars kung wala silang sapat na pera na bayaran ang multa? MakukulOng din po ba ang mag asawang ito? Salamat po sa inyong kasagutan.