For some time, SET TV was the talk of cord cutting. Hundreds of channels for just $20 a month. Many argued if it was legal and the battle went on even after Dish sued SETTV. Now a United States Judge has ordered the founders of SET TV to pay Dish $90,000,000 in damages.
“DISH is awarded statutory damages of $90,199,000 under the FCA. The statutory damages are calculated at the parties’ agreed upon $500 for each of the 180,398 subscribers that were acquired directly by Defendants and provided with unauthorized access to DISH’s television programming using Defendants’ SetTV streaming service. Defendants are jointly and severally liable for all damages awarded herein,” the Judge wrote.
Not only are the defendants required to pay damages they are also banned from “receiving, retransmitting, or copying, or assisting others in receiving, retransmitting, or copying, any of DISH’s satellite or over-the-top Internet transmissions of television programming or any content contained therein without authorization.” The Judge went on to include banning them from any dealings with infringing subscriptions, set-top devices, or applications.
Dish is also getting ownership over all of SET TV assets including domain name, passwords, set-top boxes, similar devices, and more. Well, Dish may never get the full $90,000,000 in damages this sets a strong precedent for other services who are selling a similar product to SET TV. With this victory in hand look for a flood of new lawsuits targeting pirate services.
Source: Torrent Freak
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