Pirates / Hackers

Federal Court enters default against Dark Angel end-user Leland Steele, awards $10,000 in statutory penalties and issues a permanent injunction

On May 9, 2012 the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa granted DISH Network and NagraStar’s motion for default judgment against Leland Steele.  Steele was sued by DISH Network and NagraStar for federal claims arising out of his subscription to the Dark Angel services. The Court’s order includes a permanent injunction against Steele as well as an award of $10,000 in statutory damages (the maximum damages per violation) under the Electronics Communication Privacy Act (“ECPA”). DISH Network and NagraStar continue to investigate and take action against those responsible for trying to circumvent the companies’ security system in order to gain unauthorized access to DISH Network programming.

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Federal Court enters default against Dark Angel end-user Elbert Powell, awards $10,000 in statutory penalties and issues a permanent injunction

On May 8, 2012 the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama granted DISH Network and NagraStar’s motion for default against Elbert Powell.  Powell was sued by DISH Network and NagraStar for federal claims arising out of his subscription to the Dark Angel services. The Court’s order includes a permanent injunction against Powell as well as an award of $10,000 in statutory damages (the maximum damages per violation) under the Electronics Communication Privacy Act (“ECPA”). DISH Network and NagraStar continue to investigate and take action against those responsible for trying to circumvent the companies’ security system in order to gain unauthorized access to DISH Network programming.

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Federal Court enters final judgment against Dark Angel end-user Mohammed Arafat, awards $10,000 in statutory penalties and issues a permanent injunction

On April 12, 2012 the United States District Court for the Northern District of California entered final judgment in favor of DISH Network and NagraStar in their litigation against Mohammed Arafat.  Arafat was sued by DISH Network and NagraStar for federal claims arising out of his subscription to the Dark Angel services. The Court’s order includes a permanent injunction against Arafat as well as an award of $10,000 in statutory damages (the maximum damages per violation) under the Electronics Communication Privacy Act (“ECPA”). DISH Network and NagraStar continue to investigate and take action against those responsible for trying to circumvent the companies’ security system in order to gain unauthorized access to DISH Network programming.

Dear NagraStar,
Thank you again for meeting with me. As I had said, it was a foolish decision on my part to
subscribe to Dark Angel, and one that I genuinely regret. This lawsuit has been very stressful
for me and my family. Borrowing money to pay off my debt to NagraStar also was not easy.
But in the end I was not about to go forward with this case. Part of that is my knowing the
evidence that NagraStar has against me, and having decided that I better get out of this case
while it is still an option. The other part is my appreciation for the fact that I harmed NagraStar
by subscribing to Dark Angel, something I did not fully understand until now. For that I am
truly sorry. Please accept my apology and my word that going forward I will not engage in any
form of DISH Network piracy — as this experience has proved, it’s simply not worth it.
Sincerely,


M.A.

Federal Court enters default against Dark Angel end-user Karapet Menemshyan, awards $10,000 in statutory penalties and issues a permanent injunction

 

On February 6, 2012 the United States District Court for the Central District of California granted DISH Network and NagraStar’s motion for default against Karapet Menemshyan.  Menemshyan was sued by DISH Network and NagraStar for federal claims arising out of her subscription to the Dark Angel services. The Court’s order includes a permanent injunction against Menemshyan as well as an award of $10,000 in statutory damages (the maximum damages per violation) under the Electronics Communication Privacy Act (“ECPA”) and an additional $1,200 in fees/costs. DISH Network and NagraStar continue to investigate and take action against those responsible for trying to circumvent the companies’ security system in order to gain unauthorized access to DISH Network programming.

Texas Federal Court Grants Summary Judgment Against Dark Angel End-User Elvis Perry, Awards Over $20,000 to NagraStar/DISH and Enters Permanent Injunction

On December 16, 2011 the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted summary judgment against Dark Angel end-user Elvis Perry. The Court ruled that Perry’s subscription to the Dark Angel IKS Service constituted a violation of the Electronics Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”) and awarded NagraStar and DISH Network $10,000 in statutory damages plus $11,471 in attorneys’ fees and $2,118.26 in costs. The Court also entered a permanent injunction against Perry prohibiting him from future violations. DISH Network and NagraStar continue to investigate and take action against those responsible for trying to circumvent the companies’ security system in order to gain unauthorized access to DISH Network programming.