DISH NETWORK AND NAGRASTAR OBTAIN TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST MYFREENEEDS.TV

On January 23, 2012 the United States District Court for the Southern District of California entered a temporary restraining order against the owners and operators of the piracy-based websites www.myfreeneeds.com and www.myfreeneeds.tv  (“Defendants”).  DISH Network, NagraStar and EchoStar filed suit against the websites and its Defendants for claims arising under the DMCA, Communications Act and ECPA.   The Court’s Order required immediate lockdown and preservation of the websites, which will be held in trust pending resolution of the litigation.   A copy of the complaint, summons, temporary restraining order and related materials are available at www.dishnetworkservingnotice.com/myfreeneeds/index.html.

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

 

On December 22, 2011 the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey granted DISH Network and NagraStar’s motion for default against Alecia Thomas.  Thomas 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 Thomas 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.

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

 

On December 19, 2011 the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey granted DISH Network and NagraStar’s motion for default against Sammy Goncalves.  Goncalves 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 Goncalves 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.

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

 

On January 5, 2012 the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina granted DISH Network and NagraStar’s motion for default against Marian Dubar.  Dubar 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 Dubar 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 Networkprogramming.

39 investigated in Italy for pay-TV piracy

http://advanced-television.com/index.php/2011/09/26/39-investigated-in-italy-for-paytv-piracy/

Thirty-nine people are under investigation for computer fraud and violations of copyright law, following an operation to combat piracy against Italian pay-TV operators Mediaset Premium and Sky Italia, as well as conditional access provider Nagravision, performed by the Communications Police.

 

The suspects, 28 of them residents in the Lazio region, 7 in Sicily, 3 in Piedmont, and one in Emilia Romagna, are all owners of businesses. In practice, the defendants used the card-sharing system and software, to distribute, via the Internet, the access codes enabling illegal viewing of Mediaset Premium and Sky Italia by interested Internet users who, in turn, paid directly to the pirates a lower subscription than the legitimate license fees.

Certain web sites offered “parallel” pay-TV packages, marketing software specifically configured to receive the decryption keys from the “pirate” server. Alternatively, the pirates provided decoders already configured for the reception of conditional access programs, such as sports and HD movies, for a pre-set and variable time period.

Besides seizing computer equipment and documents, the investigation has also helped the police to reconstruct the pieces of a pyramid selling scheme with international connections especially in Switzerland and Germany.