MegaUpload hit with lawsuit by New Zoo Revue owners

MegaUpload may have been shut down by the US government in January due to allegations of offering pirated content, but the file-sharing site remains open to attack from companies who might have an axe to grind against it. This week, the entertainment company ValCom announced that it has filed a lawsuit against MegaUpload, accusing the site and its organizers of illegally distributing its content.

The lawsuit claims that ValCom owns the content rights to over 6,000 audio and video titles and that "a significant number of the Company's copyrights were illegally distributed via Megaupload.com."

A quick check of ValCom's web site shows some of the company's TV shows. The best known of the bunch is New Zoo Revue, a children's show from the 1970s where humans wore outfits to become characters like Freddie the Frog, Henrietta Hippo, Charlie the Owl and others. The group of talking animals tried to teach kids of that era various lessons in life. The New Zoo Revue lasted for 196 half-hour episodes.

ValCom says it wants its share of the millions of dollars that US law enforcement authorities seized from MegaUpload two months ago. Its president Vince Vellardita hints in the press release this may just be the start of more lawsuits from ValCom, saying:

Our suit regarding Megaupload.com is one of many situations we have identified where ValCom is due compensation. These are revenues that belong to ValCom and we're securing them for the benefit of the Company and to increase value for our shareholders.

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if you looked hard enough you'd probably find the uploaders to be none other than ValCom themselves

and at 43 I can honestly say I've never heard of New Zoo Revue Ive also never seen it on DVD for sale or VHS for that matter even in the cheapo bins where all the really old stuff is

I wonder if they actually have proof that anything of theres was actually pirated, or its case of "Megaupload have Petabytes of information, surely some of that would include ValCom, then we sue."

mdew said,
I wonder if they actually have proof that anything of theres was actually pirated, or its case of "Megaupload have Petabytes of information, surely some of that would include ValCom, then we sue."

With them saying specifically over 6000, I would have to say they have some sort of proof. Otherwise the lawsuit would be quickly dismissed.

JamieLee2k said,
New Zoo Revue just want money, I bet there are more videos on YouTube?

Weird. A company wanting money. Who would have thought?

There's a YouTube video out there from the New Zoo Revue that supposedly has some blooper where the frog and owl start cursing at each other and the frog tells the owl to pretty much...perform oral on him.

texasghost said,
There's a YouTube video out there from the New Zoo Revue that supposedly has some blooper where the frog and owl start cursing at each other and the frog tells the owl to pretty much...perform oral on him.

now we know where furverts came from. or just watch GWAR F******* an ANimal. zzz

... a children's show from the 1970s where humans wore outfits to become characters like Freddie the Frog, Henrietta Hippo, Charlie the Owl and others.

Although I'm from the UK, I am sure they were not really humans!

Real life scenario: ValCom receives some cocaine/anthrax/heroin via post. They are now blaming the post office for receiving the illegal narcotic... and are going after them. Wouldn't more logical sense to be going after the sender? Or ValCom has some serious evidence the Post Office was behind it.

acrufox said,
Hungry hungry hippos...

very hungry hippo's. as a fan of Street Hawk I'll assume they'll be suing for having 12-13 episodes on MU somewhere. zzzzzz.. course the shows could very well be back up's or just easier sharing Glitter.