An Independent language translation professionals group in Israel is under fire from Israel’s Anti piracy organization ALIS which has demanded that they stop their activities, issue a public apology, as well as pay NIS 1 million in damages. The group in question is Qsubs which creates and distributes subtitles for movies and TV shows through P2P programs. The Qsubs website already has thousands of subtitles files which were created without legal permission from concerned studios. Apart from subtitles, the site also contains visual materials, including video stills from movie and TV shows, posters and DVD jackets, all of which are protected by copyright.
ALIS has initiated this move on behalf of the Motion Picture Association of America and a number of Israeli studios. It has named three translators in its warning letter who were the administrators at Qsubs. This type of legal action is a first for exile and has come about as studios are facing huge losses due to continued copyright violation.