ABS-CBN has won two cases in a row against copyright infringing websites. The sites in question were not hosting the material themselves but were built with the intend to view it. Linking to third party sites hosting the actual content, the site owners made their income through advertisement revenue based on views.
The defendants didn’t show up for the trial, leaving it totally up to the judge and his verdict. The judge sided with ABS-CBN on both of the cases and ordered the infringing domains to be handed over to the broadcasting company. They were also awarded $3,960,000 and $3,120,000 in damages, but it’s doubtful that they’ll ever see a dime of the money.
There was a total of twenty domains involved in the trials, most of them some abbreviation of pinoyTV.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing us with this information