Movie-linking sites given $4M in fines

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Cinematube.com and ShowStash.net, two sites we haven’t even heard of that index pirated movies on the web, has received US$4 million in fines after a judge found them to be liable for contributing to copyright infringement.

For ShowStash, the MPAA says that the site infringed on copyrights by “actively searching for,
identifying, collecting, organizing, indexing and posting on their websites links to illegal copies of motion pictures and television shows, which had been posted on third-party websites, allowing Internet users to locate and view the content.”

Both sites have been taken down, with ShowStash redirecting to a parked domain page and Cinematube showing a page with a brief message and gives a link to the MPAA website that lists legal options on watching movies and shows online.

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