Many of you know me from the forums as “DrSagan”. For several years I have been involved in the creation and distribution of piracy software, and in assisting others in the theft of DISH Network programming. I was also involved in the set-up, code support and operation of the Coolsat IKS server.
In February 2010, I was sued in California federal court by DISH Network, their security provider NagraStar, and their receiver manufacturer EchoStar Technologies. In June of 2010 I was ordered to appear before the Court by a federal judge. It was at that time that I found out DISH Network knew all about the Coolsat IKS server and the assistance I had provided in the set-up and operation of that server. DISH Network’s attorneys had copies of many of my emails, chat logs, and posts. They also had obtained sworn testimony from people that I was closely involved with in the piracy community.
On October 15 of this year, the California federal court entered a judgment against me in the amount of $14,860,800 as well as a permanent injunction order preventing me from future piracy-related activities under penalty of contempt.
I never made much money from my involvement in DISH Network piracy or the operation of the Coolsat IKS server, but it did not matter. The federal statutes that I violated expressly allowed for fines and penalties of up to $110,000 per act of circumvention or piracy I engaged in or assisted others to engage in. In the context of IKS, I learned that each time a new control word is provided by an IKS server or received by an end user that was a violation of the federal statutes. As in my case, this amounts to an extremely large amount of damages in a short amount of time.
Now that there is a judgment against me for almost $15 million dollars and a permanent injunction, I realize that DISH Network and NagraStar were harmed by my actions and for that I am genuinely sorry. Everyone that reads this and is even remotely involved in piracy should think hard about what they are doing and the serious consequences that can follow – it’s simply not worth the risks. DISH Network and NagraStar continue to aggressively investigate the theft of their services and, as I can attest, they will find and prosecute you to the fullest extent allowed by law as well as put bounties on your heads. And if you do not believe me … just check out all their successes on their website: Satscams.com.
Carl Summers, DrSagan
Freetech, Inc.’s public apology statement regarding 106 Million dollar judgment and permanent injunction entered against Coolsat (major FTA distributor)
Official Announcement of Feetech Inc. for Coolsat
Freetech, Inc., the South San Francisco based importer and distributor of the Coolsat line of Free-to-Air Satellite receivers announces that it will dissolve and cease operations as part of its agreement to resolve a lawsuit filed by DISH Network, EchoStar Technologies and NagraStar (collectively “DISH Network“). DISH Network filed suit against Freetech in December of 2007 asserting that Coolsat receivers were primarily designed and used for the piracy of DISH Network‘s satellite television programming. Freetech acknowledges that Coolsat receivers were used for this purpose and apologizes for any harm caused to DISH Network. As part of the resolution of the lawsuit, the Court entered a consent judgment finding in favor of DISH Network, EchoStar and NagraStar in the aggregate amount of $106,000,000.00 and entering a permanent injunction against Freetech and its officers and certain employees. Freetech has also agreed to cooperate with DISH Network in its current and future anti-piracy actions.
Date : Nov 29, 2009
Please visit their website for additional information – coolsatusa.com
Back in late August we reported a significant victory for the DISH Network and the DBS platform’s security provider, NagraStar, as the duo won a mega ($106 million total) judgment against “free-to-air” provider Freetech. Freetech, as you might recall, was snatching the DISH signal and redistributing it – at significant profit – via its receivers.
The U.S. District Court of Northern California didn’t think too much of that and slapped a $97 million judgment against Freetech, $3 million against each of its three top officers plus it barred the company from reopening operations anywhere in the world. But money doesn’t always drive the point home. DISH wanted an apology as well. More >
DISH Network, EchoStar Technologies and conditional access provider NagraStar on Tuesday announced that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California had ordered a $97 million consent judgment and permanent injunction against Freetech, the maker of a device used to pirate DISH’s DBS signal.
The judgement, which came as the result of a lawsuit filed by DISH and the other plaintiffs, also included $9 million in damages for three of Freetech‘s corporate officers/owners.
As a result, Freetech agreed to forfeit all of its liquid assets and inventory to DISH Network and shut down operations immediately.