On March 21 Judge William J. Martinez and the Federal District Court of Colorado entered final judgment against Jason and Lou Caraballo and their company Meridian Satellite Systems, LLC. NagraStar and DISH filed suit against the Caraballo’s and Meridian Satellite on January 7, 2011 in an effort to shut down the websites www.meridiansatellitetv.com and www.meridiansatellitetv.blogspot.com as well as seeking statutory damages and injunctive relief. The complaint alleged violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other federal statutes in connection with the Defendants offering piracy products and services through their online sites. The Court’s Judgment ordered Defendants to shut down the sites, awarded damages in the amount of $775,000.00 and entered a permanent injunction against the Caraballos prohibiting them from any future involvement in theft of programming from DISH.
On February 22, 2011, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida granted a preliminary injunction against Richard Schwartz (d/b/a ilinkforum.com) and ordered that the domain ilinkforum.com be transferred to NagraStar. Schwartz was sued by NagraStar and DISH Network on February 3, 2011 for his role in distributing piracy software files and programs through ilinkforum.com and freefta.tv that assisted others in the unauthorized access of DISH Network programming.
On March 9, 2011, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted NagraStars motion for summary judgment against Sergio Alexeyev (aka SatFTA) and awarded statutory damages in the amount of $2,250,600.00 as well as granting permanent injunctive relief.Alexeyev was sued by NagraStar and DISH Network in 2008 for his role in developing and distributing software files and programs that assisted others in the unauthorized receipt of DISH Networks programming. The Court awarded damages based on each download of Alexeyevs programs as well as for various modified equipment that were confiscated from the Defendant by law enforcement.
Several weeks ago the Extremedvb.org forum reported, “Goodbye EKS! Thanks For the memories This board is in Maintenance Mode. We are reformatting[,] EKS is no more [and] due to the current events and actions by providers our new format will be STRICTLY true FTA, game modding, and some downloads. Thank you to all those who supported Extremedvb and the team for the last 2 years[,] it was a good run.”
NagraStar takes any form of piracy very seriously including Internet-Key-Sharing (IKS) that could be used for the theft of programming. Therefore, any IKS server that was in operation in 2010 will qualify for the reward program of up to $25,000, even if the IKS server is currently shut down.
If you have information that will be helpful to us, please come forward and receive a reward for your information and cooperation against the people behind this IKS operation.
DISH Network Wins $151.7 Million Judgment, Permanent Injunction Against Satellite TV Pirate in California
On Dec. 16, 2010, a California Federal Court entered final judgment against Khackik Bagdasaryan (aka Blacklist) in the amount of $151,767,600. NagraStar filed suit against Bagdasaryan in May 2009 for his role in the development and distribution of pirate software for Pansat-branded satellite TV receivers that were intended to gain unauthorized access to DISH Network programming. The federal court also entered a permanent injunction against Bagdasaryan preventing him from future piracy-related activities under penalty of contempt of the Court’s order. Finally, the Court ruled that the entire judgment amount of $151,767,000 is non-dischargeable in the bankruptcy proceeding initiated by Bagdasaryan earlier this year.
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