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In the second win in two days, a US court has ruled in favour of a bid to shut down alleged unauthorised digital streaming and distribution by the providers of the Shava and Cres TV set-top boxes (STBs).

dishpiracy 21april2017The case against the STB makers originated in June 2015 through a suit lodged with the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in June 2015 by a number of companies led by US satellite pay-TV provider DISH Network. Other plaintiffs included Al Jazeera Media Network, Asia TV USA, B4U, GEO US, Impress Telefilm, MBC FZ LLC, MSM Asia, Soundview Broadcasting, Soundview ATN, Star India Private and Viacom18 Media.

The lawsuit brought claims for copyright infringement, trademark infringement and unfair competition by the device makers, which retransmitted Arabic and South Asian entertainment.

It alleged that the defendants profited by capturing live broadcast signals of protected channels, transcoding those signals for Internet streaming and then retransmitting the channels using a peer-to-peer network, in which users of the box inadvertently send content to other users. In addition to the unauthorized transmission of video content, the case alleged that the providers of the Shava and Cres streaming services also unlawfully used logos and trademarks of the plaintiffs, giving the false impression that the service was legitimate.

In its judgement on the case, the US District Court ruled in favour of the litigants and awarded a total of $25.65 million in damages to plaintiffs for unauthorised distribution of copyrighted works. Following the ruling, the plaintiffs are working with ISPs, CDN’s and others to enforce the injunction.

"This decision reinforces the fact that services streaming video without copyright authorisation are blatant infringers and will be held accountable by the courts,” commented Alex Fonoroff, senior corporate counsel at DISH. “Enforcement efforts are underway, and as ISPs terminate service to the Shava and Cres networks we expect to see piracy on these boxes come to an end.”

“Perpetrators of pirate TV services think they can get away with it, but as this ruling proves, it’s only a matter of time before the law puts an end to illegal streaming schemes,” added Jaideep Janakiram, SVP international business- head of the Americas at Sony, one of whose subsidiaries includes MSM Asia. “The defendants deceived customers by illegally using our broadcast feed and logo, making the service look legitimate. Dealers and consumers must educate themselves on legal alternatives, otherwise, they will continue to waste their money on products that will become worthless.”

Litigation and forensic anti-piracy support in the case were provided by IBCAP and NAGRA, as it was when on 19 April, another US court ruled that the owners of the Lool IPTV service pirated streamed international TV channels, violating the rights holdings of DISH Network. The court found that Lool further violated DISH’s rights by using the Lool IPTV boxes to share pirated content between users, and that the Lool defendants encouraged that activity rather than taking simple steps to prevent it. Lool has been ordered to pay $1.05 million in recompense.