Minnesota Federal Court Enters Final Judgment Against Joshua Lamaack a/k/a RAZOR420, Awards $350,000 in Damages, Issues Permanent Injunction and Orders Passcode Impoundment

 

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On June 5, 2013 the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota granted DISH Network, EchoStar Technologies and NagraStar’s final judgment against Joshua Alan Lamaack, a/k/a RAZOR420.  DISH and NagraStar sued Lamaack in October 2012 in connection with his role in the operation of the RazorTV IKS service and his sale and distribution of illicit passcodes for that service.  The Court found Lamaack’s conduct violated section 605 of the Federal Communications Act and found evidence establishing 35 separate violations.  The Court awarded DISH Network and NagraStar $350,000.00 in damages calculated at the maximum statutory amount of $10,000 per violation.  The Court further found Lamaack’s conduct violated section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) and issued a permanent injunction prohibiting future violations by Lamaack.  Finally, the Court invoked the impoundment provisions of the DMCA and ordered Lamaack to turn over for seizure all remaining passcodes and electronic storage media containing those passcodes to DISH Network’s counsel within 10 days.  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 Nfusion Private Server end-user Azhar Farooqui, awards $10,000 in statutory penalties and issues a permanent injunction

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On June 4, 2013 the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted DISH Network and NagraStar’s motion for default against Azhar Farooqui.  Farooqui was sued by DISH Network and NagraStar for federal claims arising out of his subscription to the Nfusion Private Server (“NFPS”) services through Thomas Dixon (aka Wufman). The Court’s order includes a permanent injunction against Farooqui 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.

Dkt. 15 – Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction (Azhar Farooqui)

Federal Court enters default against Nfusion Private Server end-user Aaron Keown, awards $10,000 in statutory penalties and issues a permanent injunction

 

On May 8, 2013 the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted DISH Network and NagraStar’s motion for default against Aaron Keown.  Keown was sued by DISH Network and NagraStar for federal claims arising out of his subscription to the Nfusion Private Server (“NFPS”) services through Thomas Dixon (aka Wufman). The Court’s order includes a permanent injunction against Keown 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.

Dkt. 14 – Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction (Aaron Keown)

Alianza destroys thousands of FTA piracy devices in Uruguay

Over 10’000 “Probox” FTA piracy devices have been destroyed in Uruguay on February 28, as a result of a legal procedure initiated in 2010 for signal theft and copyright infringement, which resulted in the seizure of the FTA devices and a destruction order issued by the Court in December 2012. 

While destructions of similar FTA piracy devices took place in the recent years, this is the most massive destruction of such devices that took place in Latam.

The Alianza contra Piratería de Televisión Paga (the “Alianza”) is a group of content providers, pay-tv broadcasters and technology providers aiming at combatting FTA (Free to Air) piracy throughout Latin America (see www.alianza.tv).

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Michigan Federal Court enters final judgment and permanent injunction against Robert Bebout and his website www.newgeniks.info

On January 10, 2013 the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan granted DISH Network and NagraStar’s motion for final judgment against Robert Bebout individually and d/b/a www.newgeniks.info.  Defendants were sued by DISH Network and NagraStar for federal claims arising out of their operation of the Newgeniks website, which took over after NagraStar shut down its predecessor site www.nexiks.com.  The Court’s order includes a permanent injunction against Defendants as well as an award of $25,000.00 in statutory damages under the Federal Communications Act (“FCA”), including an award of enhanced statutory damages for Defendants commercial gain.  The Court further ordered Defendant to preserve its business and customer records and any further operation of websites that market, promote, distribute piracy-related technology.  DISH Network and NagraStar continue to investigate and take action against those responsible for trying to circumvent the companies’ security system or trafficking in products or technology  that facilitates unauthorized access to DISH Network programming.