A number of movie studios have sued Kim Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload.com, a former video upload portal. Megaupload.com’s creator, Dotcom, along with his partners, faced indictment by the U.S. Justice Department back in 2012.
The measure taken by the group of movie studios follows the 2012 legal action taken against Megaupload.com. In that legal action, it was determined that the
website raked in around $175 million in illegal profits.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) made a statement on the legal battle. Senior executive vice president and global general counsel Steven Fabrizio stated the site was an illegal hub
for mass distribution. The lawsuit lists several major motion picture studios as plaintiffs including Warner, Fox, Columbia, Disney, Universal and Paramount.
The movie studios claim Megaupload reaped the profits of lending access to copyrighted works. The plaintiffs reject claims that Megaupload was merely a long-term file storage portal.
Kim Dotcom voiced his opposition to the new claims on Twitter, saying the case would not hold up upon looking at the facts. Legal representation for Kim Dotcom also stated the same, saying the motion picture studios’ claims lacked merit.
The studios are seeking an unspecified amount for damages from the defendants.
Details and photo courtesy of Mashable