Warner Bros Home Entertainment filed 16 separate copyright infringement lawsuits (Read two of them here and here) Monday against vendors who sell “counterfeit product” DVDs on Amazon Marketplace.
From the Harry Potter flicks to TV series like The Wire, The Sorpranos, Game of Thrones, One Tree Hill, and Hung, the company alleges “the Defendants have distributed, advertised and/or sold and continue to copy, reproduce, distribute.
Advertise and/or sell unauthorized copies of motion pictures owned by Warner Bros.” Amazon is not listed as a defendant in any of the nearly identical actions.
“Warner Bros is informed and believes and based thereon alleges that this infringement activity is systematic and willful and done with reckless disregard of Warner Bros’ intellectual property rights,” says one of the suits.
“We were able topurchase multiple counterfeit copies of our material from all of them,” a studio insider tells Deadline of the sellers targeted in the suits.
Warner Bros wants the court to stop all such sales and the marketing of them.
It also wants “the Defendants to pay actual damages increased to the maximum extent permitted by the law and/or statutory damages at Warner Bros’ election.” They also want legal costs paid by the sellers.
The sellers use Amazon’s Marketplace service, which allows independents and third parties to offer products from used books to bike to clothes and ...... See Complete Article @ Deadline Hollywood