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Argentina Opens Criminal Case Against Cuevana
 
A few days after one of Cuevana's administrators was arrested in Chile, Argentina is now taking legal action against the company. The website's founder said they want to imprison him for "showing a flaw in the market".
 
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19/03/2012 02:29:00 p.m.
Cuevana is being charged once again with violation of intellectual property rights.
 
Two strikes in less than a week. Just one strike away from it all ending. Cuevana is going through complicated times, and for the first time in a long time, content owners are being heard and their claims will be answered.

Last week we published an article about one of Cuevana's administrators in Chile being arrested, and now, just a few days later, Argentina is also taking action against the site.

Argentina is taking legal action against the website's founders for not respecting intellectual property rights and allowing users to access copyrighted movies, series and TV programming. 

The Argentine Crime Commission's General Attorney, Ricardo Sáenz, opened the case stating the site not only violates intellectual property rights, it also represents a business for its founders -Tomás Escobar, Mario Cardosio and David Fernández from Argentina- since the site accepts donations from users.

"When talking about Cuevana I believe we are not in the presence of young entrepreneurs who created a website to provide access to movies and TV series, free of charge. I believe we are in the presence of a business with benefits for its owners and administrators," he said.

Argentine newspaper La Nación stated Sáenz asked the court to block Access to the site.

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE…
The news generated an immediate response by Tomás Escobar, who stated Cuevana "is not a business, it's merely a hobby that doesn't generate income", and that the service is not that different than Google's since it simply provides links to movies which are not stored in its services.

"I'm not committing any crimes. I'm at ease. Cuevana is not a business, it's a hobby that doesn't generate income, it doesn't have advertising or its own platform, and it generates loss," he said to Argentine newspaper Clarín.

"I find it ridiculous that the district attorney calls donations "profit", since they were small, not any higher than 200 dollars total. The site doesn't run ads and everyone can see that," he said.

Escobar believes the only thing Cuevana has done is "show a flaw in the market" in an "obsolete" industry. "Users have been asking for a change in the means of consumption. We showed the market's inability to adapt, and the fact that content can be distributed differently. Yet for major labels and production companies, this entails less profit. They don't want to change. They're comfortable and that affects the final user," he said.

Lastly, he stated he will continue with his project since he owes it to his loyal clients.

"The idea is to fight for this ideal, otherwise Cuevana would have shut down a long time ago since it's not a business, it generates loss, and therefore 'Why keep it going?' It's mainly for our loyalty to our clients and wanting to change the way content is distributed in this obsolete industry," he said.
 
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