You are not immune even if you live abroad (Photo: ShutterStock)
Attorney Eran Parzanti (Photo: Studio Thomas)
As part of a lawsuit filed by the Zira organization (copyrights on the Internet) against operators of pirate websites that infringe copyrights, the District Court in Tel Aviv allowed Zira to deliver to the defendant Eli Sompo via the WhatsApp application, the injunction granted by the court as well as the The statement of claim, for the operator of a number of pirate websites, including the "
" website, a platform for downloading Israeli TV series, this is in light of the fact that Sompo's place of residence is unknown.
The order is in the application for the transfer of messages. All this, provided that the defendant's address is unknown and the case justifies the transfer of the order outside the jurisdiction or that there is correspondence by e-mail or via WhatsApp with the owner, and this is the most effective way to contact him.
Attorney Eran Parzanti, partner and head of the intellectual property department at M.Piron & Co. representing the organization Zira (copyrights on the Internet) in the case, is behind the filing of the lawsuits on behalf of the various content owners who are fighting this phenomenon.
According to him, "the decision sets a precedent that gives litigants tools to take action also against defendants who hide their identity or whose place of residence is unknown. It is difficult to get the pirate sites to stop their activity at once, but we will certainly make them uncomfortable, and if it is possible to bring them to criminal justice as well - they They will understand that piracy at the end of the day does not pay off."
This ruling comes as part of a long and exhausting war by many creators' organizations against Israeli pirate website operators who violate the copyrights of many broadcasters.
As mentioned, these are website operators, some of whom live outside of Israel, and they offer viewing of works and content for a fee to Israelis living abroad without the permission of the rights holders. Despite this, the court gave permission to deliver restraining orders via WhatsApp, so in practice it is a legal legal delivery even outside the borders of Israel The
war on Israeli pirate sites has also reached the international arena in the last year after the major broadcasters in Israel such as Keshet, Reshet, HOT and YES in collaboration with United Kings Studios and the Charlton sports channels company, filed lawsuits in the US against pirate sites that distribute their content abroad L. In addition, there is an assessment that some of the sites are managed by Israelis who live abroad.