Florida – Federal Court Orders Transfer of Ilinkforum.com to NagraStar

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.

California Federal Court Enters Summary Judgment against SatFTA

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.

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Extreme Key Sharing (EKS) Throws in the Towel, Reward Still Available

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

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Dec. 20, 2010 — DISH Network L.L.C. and NagraStar L.L.C. secured another significant victory today in their fight against satellite TV piracy.

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.

NagraStar and DISH Network continue to investigate and prosecute individuals who would engage in the circumvention of the NagraStar security technology or theft of DISH Network programming.

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About DISH Network

DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides more than 14.2 million satellite TV customers, as of September 30, 2010, with the highest quality programming and technology at the best value, including HD Free for Life. Subscribers enjoy industry-leading customer satisfaction, the largest high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit dishnetwork.com/” href=”http://www.dishnetwork.com/”>www.dish.com.

About NagraStar

NagraStar L.L.C. is a joint-venture between EchoStar Corporation and the Kudelski Group.  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.

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Francie Bauer, 720-514-5351, [email protected]

DrSagan (Carl Summers) Public Apology

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.

Sincerely,
Carl Summers, DrSagan