Logo for the defunct piracy website MovieTube.com.MovieTube.com
A lawsuit in which activists accused the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) of seeking SOPA-like powers has ended without resolving much of anything.
Whoever was behind the accused piracy website MovieTube seems to have disappeared. MovieTube didn’t respond to the complaint, and it blew off a scheduled August 18 hearing. Yesterday, US District Judge Paul Crotty entered a default judgment (PDF) and injunction handing over the MovieTube site to the MPAA. Crotty also ordered the site owners, if they’re ever found, to pay a $10.5 million penalty for willful copyright infringement (or $75,000 per infringed work).
MovieTube was shuttered shortly after the complaint (PDF) was filed, which resulted in the MPAA dropping its request for a controversial preliminary injunction. MPAA lawyers asked for a broad order that would have affected not just MovieTube but loads of intermediary service providers.
The MPAA sought an order banning “search-based online advertising services (such as through paid inclusion, paid search results, sponsored search results, sponsored links, and Internet keyword advertising), domain name registration privacy protection services, providers of social media services (e.g., Facebook and Twitter) and user-generated and online content services (e.g., YouTube, Flickr and Tumblr)” from providing any services to MovieTube. Banks, advertisers, and payment processors would have been barred…