It has been reported that a consent judgment has been issued by a Hawaii Federal Court against the owner of the Showbox site, several online movie streaming companies have claimed the owner of the Showbox as the culprit.
A group of movie companies have come together and filed a lawsuit against all the operators of several websites that promote and distribute the Showbox app.
Not only Showbox but all the applications that are alike can be accessed by millions of users. The application has a Netflix/Amazon Prime style interface where users can stream movies via torrent or online viewing.
There have been complaints recently also from those behind the movies which are: ‘The Hitman’s Bodygaurd’, ‘London Has Fallen’ and ‘Hunter Killer’. Showbox has been alleged for massive piracy at the U.S. District Court in Hawaii.
The Massive Piracy Case
The original developer is still hidden. Another name that comes into the picture is Pakistani Mohammed Zarlish who promotes and distributes Showbox and alike apps.
Although, Mohammed Zarlish has agreed to pay $150,000 USD to the producers and filmmakers to those who’ve filed the complaint against him.
Mohammed Zarlish’s response to this allegation is that he wasn’t aware of the illegal nature of the Showbox app. Which wasn’t accepted by the judges at the court and a settlement was made.
It was ensured that $150,000 USD was paid to the filmmakers and also that further utility and promotion of such applications are forbidden.
Strict monitoring is being carried out for people like Zarlish.
The filmmakers and producers are on high alert due to the existence of such illegal systems existing on the internet and investigations are in process for the original creators of applications like Showbox and Moviebox.
The U.S. District Court in Hawaii has taken care of the issue by abolishing all such applications such as Popcorn Time, Cinemabox, Terrarium, Mobdro and much more.
As users, it will be wise to support the film industry by standing against piracy and fraud. As such applications are also a reason for other scams that may happen.