The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) is having a field-day with this one! They’re after Peekvid and YouTVPC, looking to shut down both sites for streaming copyrighted material for free. Both sites have become pretty popular recently (53,000 unique visitors per day for Peekvid), which helps to explain why the MPAA is going after them.
Several bloggers have pointed out that the MPAA may also decide to go after those who finance these sites – or in other words, the companies that provide the ads like Yahoo and Google.
The MPAA claims that both Peekvid and YouTVPC are profiting from “massive copyright infringement by identifying, posting, organizing, and indexing links to infringing content found on the Internet that consumers can then view on demand.”
Keep in mind, neither of these sites actually hosts the content themselves. They just point users to other locations where they can find the content, which is partially why this lawsuit is such a big deal.
Usually the MPAA has a hard time going after sites whose servers are in other countries. Unfortunately for Peekvid and YouTVPC, their servers are in San Antonio, Texas and Scottsdale, Arizona which probably means that the MPAA will have an easy win with this one.
Maybe Peekvid and YouTVPC need to think about joining The Pirate Bay over in Sweden?
Source: Ars Technica