US District Court fines foreign distributor of Showbox pirate app

On August 27, the US District Court for the District of Hawaii filed a consent judgement that resolved a piracy case brought by several movie producers against a Pakistan-based distributor of an app called Showbox, which, in turn, was used by more than a dozen streaming piracy sites to distribute pirated video content.

Although this distributor was not the developer of the Showbox app, and claimed that the Showbox was legitimate, he was fined $150,000.

Read the consent judgement document

Why it matters

The infringing party was not the developer of the piracy app, nor was he located in the United States.  Yet this decision underscores the extent to which content owners will pursue those who enable video piracy.