DISH Wins $26.5m Pirate IPTV Judgment But Might Not Get a Penny
DISH Network has won yet another significant damages award following a lawsuit filed against a pirate IPTV supplier. The U.S. broadcaster filed a complaint against My Indian TV in August 2021, but the service stayed online until this April. DISH will now take control of the service’s domains but whether it will see any of the $26.5m awarded by a New York court remains to be seen.
DISH filed its complaint against My Indian TV in a New York district in August 2021, describing the defendant as a global pirate television service. The broadcaster said that the IPTV platform transmitted channels originating from India and Pakistan to customers in the United States, violating the exclusive licenses it holds for the entire country.
Subscriptions to My Indian TV were advertised on Twitter and YouTube. Starting at $14.95 per month, customers were promised HD quality via browsers, Android and iOS apps, and a custom Kodi addon. After attempts by DISH to shut the IPTV service down came to nothing, the company responded with its lawsuit alleging direct copyright infringement (17 U.S. Code § 106) and secondary infringement in 177 registered works.
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