Permanent Injunction Bars FTA Distributor from Trafficking in Satellite Piracy TechnologyENGLEWOOD, Colo. — April 12, 2010 — DISH Network L.L.C. and NagraStar L.L.C. secured another significant victory today in their fight against satellite piracy.
On March 30, 2010, the United States District Court for the Central District of California entered a $121,699,800.00 judgment and permanent injunction against Panarex, Inc. and its president Won Tak Kim in a lawsuit accusing Panarex of selling Free-to-Air satellite receivers and other devices used to pirate DISH Network’s programming. The permanent injunction bars Panarex and its officers from trafficking in similar devices in the future and from any further involvement in facilitating DISH Network piracy or unauthorized use of proprietary technology supplied by NagraStar or NagraVision.
Panarex also agreed to forfeit its remaining inventory of the Pansat branded receivers at issue in the litigation (which were manufactured by Global Technologies, Inc. in Korea) as well as ceasing any current or future business dealings with Khachik Bagdasaryan and his company Digital Technology Depot. Bagdasaryan has been sued by DISH Network and NagraStar in a separate suit pending in the same Court for his involvement in the distribution of piracy software files which were used in conjunction with Pansat receivers to gain unauthorized access to DISH Network programming.
The lawsuit was filed against Panarex in 2007.
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About DISH Network
DISH Network L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), provides more than 14.1 million satellite TV customers, as of Dec. 31, 2009, with the highest quality programming and technology at the best value, including the lowest all-digital price nationwide. Customers have access to hundreds of video and audio channels, the most HD channels, the most international channels, state-of-the-art interactive TV applications, and award-winning HD and DVR technology including 1080p Video On Demand and the ViP® 722 HD DVR, a CNET and PC Magazine “Editors’ Choice.” DISH Network Corporation is included in the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) and is a Fortune 250 company. Visit www.dish.com, follow on Twitter, @dishnetwork (www.twitter.com/dishnetwork), or become a Fan on Facebook, www.facebook.com/dishnetwork.
NagraStar L.L.C. is a joint-venture between EchoStar Corporation (SATS) and the Kudelski Group (KUD.VX). NagraStar supplies conditional access systems and security access devices and services to DISH Network and Bell ExpressVu Limited Partnership (operating as Bell TV). NagraStar also offers these partners direct support, maintenance, security field investigations and implementation of new solutions in response to the rapid evolutions of the pay TV market.
Warning against Signal Theft:
Through the course of Dish Network litigation against Panarex, it has been brought to our attention that many of the end-user of Pansat branded products are using those devices to circumvent NagraStar’s conditional access technology and engage in the theft (or “piracy”) of Dish Network‘s encrypted subscription-based programming. Panarex does not condone the use of its products for this purpose and any such use expressly voids the terms and conditions of our product warranty. Panarex fully supports all efforts by DISH Network, Echostar and NagraStar to investigate, identify and prosecute the compromise of their security technology and theft of their services. Should Panarex discover that you are using our Pansat branded products for such unlawful purpose, we will provide that evidence to NagraStar and cooperate fully in their investigation and prosecution of all such activities.
Management of Panarex, Inc.