The action could be undertaken by Valcom and Microhits companies that claim they lost millions of dollars due to piracy practices and copyright violations carried out by the firm of Kim Dotcom.
The Hollywood Reporter reported in yesterday's edition that Megaupload receive the first civil suit in the U.S. since its closure in January. Valcom Microhits and would be the two companies behind the complaint of "piracy and infringements of intellectual property rights."
Microhits owns the copyright on sound recordings from artists such as Billie Holliday, Frank Sinatra and Nina Simone, while Valcom owns copyright in films and television series in which they operate Denzel Washington, Bill Murray and Jackie Chan, other. The demand for the firm include Megaupload, its founder Kim "Dotcom" Schmitz, Director of Technology and Mathias Ortmann Vestor Ltd.
The plaintiffs are also represented by Thomas Dunlap of Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver, the same lawyer who was previously employed by Voltage Picture and Nu Image in its litigation against BitTorrent.
The complaint, filed in federal court in Virginia last week, echoed many of the same allegations made by the prosecution in its case against the founders of Megaupload, including the popularity of the service, its operations (including its payment service for premium customers) and alleged conversations between employees Megaupload, including an email from the developer by Bram Van der Kolk in which he states: "We have a fun job, we are the pirates of these modern times." It also would show screenshots of Google and a list of URLs Megaupload with copyrighted material.
Vince Vellardita, CEO of Valcom, said in a statement that the two companies "have implemented an aggressive to ensure we receive those revenues should Megaupload". According Vellardita this demand is one of many initiated to recover money lost through a "compensation."
This "compensation" required by Valcom and Microhit ranges from U $ S30.000 and $ S150.000 for infringement, no amounts have been specified as this number. Microhit says its catalog exceeds 25,000 musical works, while Valcom has a library of over 6,000 titles.
Remains to be seen how the applicants will get their compensation in the event of success with your complaint. Many assets were frozen Megaupload and their bank accounts frozen. Meanwhile, continue opening multiple battle fronts in a conflict that seems to be far from a definitive conclusion. The MPAA has started to collect data, with a possible starting bojetivo demand and Megaupload search counter evidence showing that the same Hollywood studios who were allegedly affected by the hosting platform, while seeking close dealings with the site .