It has recently been reported that streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, Disney, Fox, and several major Hollywood studios (including Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros.) are suing SET Broadcast after the companies have alleged that the Set TV streaming service is used for piracy. The Set TV lawsuit complaint states that “[Set TV] market[s] and sell[s] subscriptions to ‘Setvnow,’ a software application that defendants urge their customers to use as a tool for the mass infringement of Plaintiff’s copyrighted motion pictures and television shows.”
Set TV is a streaming service, equipped with its own set-top box, that charges $20 on a monthly basis. For this low cost of $20, Set TV claims that its users are allowed access to over 500 live TV channels and thousands of on-demand shows. Set TV even gives users access to certain Netflix shows, and movies that are still in theaters.
The Set TV lawsuit alleges that Set TV (d.b.a Setvnow) is promoting pirated material to consumers by relying on “third-party sources that illicitly reproduce copyrighted works and then provide streams of popular content such as movies still exclusively in theaters and television shows.”
“Defendants promote the use of Setvnow for overwhelmingly, if not exclusively, infringing purposes, and that is how their customers use Setvnow,” the complaint continues.
A full copy of the Set TV lawsuit complaint is below:
Plaintiffs want the service shut down
The suit was filed in a California district court on Friday by the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), a group of media companies dedicated to fighting piracy. In addition to these allegations of promoting pirated material, ACE claims that Set TV aimed to grow its subscriber numbers by paying for sponsored reviews on YouTube.
“You have new releases right there and you simply click on the movie … you click it and click on play again and here you have the movie just like that in 1 2 3 in beautiful HD quality’,” said one sponsored video posted by a popular YouTube user, Solo Man.
The Set TV lawsuit seeks over $150,000 per work infringed, which can potentially add up to millions of dollars. In addition to these listed monetary damages, plaintiffs are also asking the California district court to shut down the service and impound all of its set-top boxes.
SET Broadcast has not yet commented on the case, though Consider The Consumer has reached out for a response.
Editor’s note on the Set TV Lawsuit:
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