29 Nov 2013

Samoa TV stations facing allegations of pirating

5:18 pm on 29 November 2013

Overseas television programme makers are considering legal action against two television companies in Samoa.

In a news release, Transworld Distribution, which is based in Delaware in the United States, says for the past month or so overseas distributors have been seeking legal advice on a possible class action against the offending Samoa stations, TV ONE and TV3.

Talamua online reports that Television New Zealand recently sent a cease and desist order to TV3 over the unauthorised broadcast of the programme 'Dynamo, Magician Impossible, which, it says, was pirated from TVNZ and broadcast on TV3.

TV3 has also broadcast the BBC series 'Call the Midwife' without a licence.

TV1 was recently taken to task for broadcasting 'The Sound of Music' which the chief executive, Galumalemana Faiesea Matafeo put down to operator error.

The statement said that the TV rights in Samoa for all of these programs and films are owned by another station

A spokesman for the programme owners group says they are collecting a mountain of evidence and will be seeking infringement orders for each and every breach.