Los Angeles – The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) on behalf of the major Hollywood movie studios filed lawsuits in federal court in Los Angeles today against campusist.com, movies-on-demand.tv, and sswarez.com – websites that facilitate copyright infringement on the Internet. These sites contribute to and profit from massive copyright infringement by identifying, posting, organizing, and indexing links to infringing content found on the Internet that consumers can then view or download on-demand.
“The people who are operating these sites are profiting from the theft of protected content. We have filed several other similar lawsuits and will continue to do so in order to hold operators accountable for their illegal activities. We have every intention of continuing to shut down these sites, and sites like them, for good,” said John Malcolm, Executive Vice President and Director of Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations for the MPAA.
Sites like campusist.com, movies-on-demand.tv, and sswarez.com rely on advertisers to maintain their operations and profit handsomely from third-party advertising pitches. All three sites combined attract over 54,000 unique visitors per day who view nearly 208,000 pages of content.
The worldwide motion picture industry, including foreign and domestic producers, distributors, theaters, video stores and pay-per-view operators loses approximately $18 billion annually as a result of piracy — over $7 billion of which is attributed to Internet piracy.