Vietnam Fine $ 2,600 on Netflix-style Movie Site for Piracy: Report | Arts & Culture
A stock photo of Hollywood movies and TV shows produced by US and Asian countries is seen on the hayhaytv streaming site
The Ministry of Information and Communication fined a company VND 60 million (US $ 2,600) for posting pirated movies and TV shows, including Hollywood blockbusters, on its website streaming, local media reported Thursday.
The fine is double the usual amount for similar offenses, as inspectors found a very large amount of pirated content on the popular hayhaytv.vn, operated by Bach Trieu Phat Joint-stock company, according to reports.
The Ho Chi Minh City-based company has also been ordered to remove all illegal content from its website, which was shut down on September 28.
Bach Trieu Phat launched the website as a social network in 2012, allowing its members to upload and share movies and TV shows. But, the company was also found downloading a majority of streaming content.
Although the website could be viewed by anyone, members could choose to pay a small fee, around 1,000 VND per day, to stream in better quality and at better speed without advertising. Its members would have reached thousands before the crackdown.
It’s unclear what the inspectors planned to deal with with Ho Chi Minh City-based Pine Multimedia Technologies, which was hired to take care of the website’s technical infrastructure and suspected of illegally posting films as well. and television shows.