The war on IPTV continues, and one of the main fighters, DISH, is once again suing not only 11 IPTV providers but also the CDN company that helps host their services called DataCamp.
So what are IPTV services? In short, an IPTV service is an illegal live TV streaming service promising to give you all the big networks like ESPN but for a fraction of the cost of legal services.
According to a report from TorrentFreak, DISH has filed a $32.5 million lawsuit against DataCamp. It argues that it sent hundreds of DMCA takedown requests and copies of lawsuits and judgments relating to the IPTV services Banjo TV, Bollywood IPTV, Comstar TV, Express IPTV, Gennie TV, Gold TV, IPGuys, Istar, Red IPTV, Sky IPTV, and Zumm TV. DISH argues that Datacamp is providing services for these IPTV services even after being notified of a DMCA request.
Back in 2022, DataCamp asked that the lawsuit be dismissed, arguing it had no knowledge of what its customers did when they signed up, but that was turned down by the Judge.
DISH is arguing that DataCamp turned a blind eye to the copyright infringement from IPTV services using its network. DISH says they sent 400 DMCA notices with all the information Datacamp would need. (For a very in-depth look at this case, take a look at TorrentFreak’s story HERE.)
If DISH wins this case, it could set a precedent to hold companies like DataCamp liable for what happens on their networks if they know about it and fail to act. If DISH wins this case, it could hold other companies liable for failing to act to stop IPTV services from using their networks for example.
DISH is arguing that by failing to stop IPTV services from offering content that DISH owns the rights to in the United States damaged DISH. Now DISH wants to recover some of its damages by going after DataCamp for failing to act on its DMCA requests.