Last week, DISH filed suit against Serverlogy Corporation, a hosting company. Serverlogy reportedly hosted East IPTV, a company that DISH says illegally retransmitted its channels via the Internet.
According to the complaint, Serverlogy failed to act following numerous copyright infringement complaints regarding its customer East IPTV.
According to DISH, East IPTV streamed channels that DISH has rights to distribute inside the United States. DISH has sent 34 infringement notices to East IPTV since January 2017. According to the complaint, two different content distribution networks have removed DISH’s content from their networks after complaints about East IPTV. Serverlogy failed to remove the content after DISH complained.
“Rather than work with DISH to curb this infringement, Serverlogy willfully blinded itself to East’s repeat infringement, failing to terminate them or take any action to remove or disable the infringing content.”
DISH is demanding $150,000 per registered work infringed, plus the legal fees for DISH.
DISH has been aggressively going after IPTV services with lawsuits. One of its biggest wins was against SET TV. DISH has even started going after resellers and customers of IPTV services.
Recently through DISH’s joint venture with Bell TV they have been threatening lawsuits against anyone they find out has subscribed to an IPTV service. This is happening through NagraStar’s SatScams.com website. In the past, this group went after people using pirate DISH feeds. Now they are going after IPTV customers.
Here is how SatScams.com describes what they do:
“Welcome to SatScams.com. This site is provided by NagraStar to help educate and inform people about the civil and criminal actions taken by NagraStar and their partners, DISH Network and Bell TV. These actions are taken against those who try to obtain DISH Network or Bell programming in a fraudulent manner including, but not limited to, receiving programming without authorization by and payment to DISH Network and Bell TV; or illegally designing, manufacturing, marketing, selling, or using devices that could allow access to DISH Network or Bell TV satellite signals without authorization and payment.”
According to the NagraStar website, they are willing to accept $3,500 from those who have purchased illegal content and $7,500 from those who sold it. The website says they are open to lowering that settlement. “NagraStar also is open to negotiating the settlement amount. Piracy equipment such as set-top boxes and streaming devices can be sent in to lower the settlement amount. We also accept piracy forum credentials in the form of a username and password. If you are experiencing financial difficulties or hardships, our team will work with you to create a personalized monthly payment plan. Please don’t ignore the letter.”
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