us: MPAA wins copyright case against TorrentSpy

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has won a lawsuit against the operators of, with the judge ruling in favor of the MPAA because the Web site operators tampered with evidence.In a ruling that could have implications for the privacy of Web site users, Judge Florence-Marie Cooper of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, ruled that TorrentSpy has infringed MPAA copyrights in a default judgment against the operators of the site. see:
TorrentSpy operators held liable
Online file-sharing service is liable for extensive movie piracy because it destroyed evidence in a copyright case, a federal judge has ruled, handing a victory to Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures and other studios.TorrentSpy operators Justin Bunnell, Forrest Parker and Wes Parker were held liable for infringement because they deleted important case files and gave false statements, said the ruling by U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper in Los Angeles.The defendants “engaged in widespread and systematic efforts to destroy evidence and have provided false testimony under oath in an effort to hide evidence of such destruction,” Cooper said in the Dec. 13 order, adding that sanctions were appropriate in this case because of “extraordinary circumstances.”,1,6025969.story

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