DENVER, Oct. 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy (IBCAP) has announced another member lawsuit, this one filed today in New York federal court against pirated video services from Southeast Asia under the Desi TV and Live brand. Pursuant to similar lawsuits coordinated by IBCAP, this case also includes claims against a vendor of illegal services – a reseller in Brooklyn, NY known as 786 Wireless and its owner, Rana Afzal.
Sending a clear message to those who ignore IBCAP’s copyright infringement notices, this lawsuit follows a long series of copyright cases coordinated by IBCAP and filed by IBCAP members against pirate services and their resellers, most of which have already resulted in significant damages and either a removal of IBCAP-protected channels or complete shutdown of services. In addition, lawsuits brought this year and pending decision against other South Asian pirates include Chitram TV for more than $ 31 million and MyIndianTV for more than $ 26 million in damages plus an injunction.
The lawsuit filed today was brought by IBCAP member DISH Network and alleges that operators of Desi TV and Live TV services have directly violated copyright by transmitting channels from Southeast Asia and content that is broadcast on these channels without permission to users in the United States. The complaint also alleges that a retailer selling the services, 786 Wireless, is liable for a secondary copyright infringement for having encouraged and materially contributed to the direct infringement, including by facilitating access to copyrighted works. copyright and creating the audience for the infringement. Importantly, the complaint alleges that the defendants’ actions were willful and malicious for ignoring IBCAP’s infringement notices. The lawsuit also seeks an injunction against the defendants, their hosting companies and their CDNs, which would prohibit the continued transmission of the channels in question and prohibit any retailer from selling the counterfeit IPTV services.
“This latest case reiterates that IBCAP and its members will not tolerate piracy and will take action against illegal IPTV services and their resellers who ignore our takedown notices,” said Chris Kuelling, executive director of IBCAP. “Resellers of these illegal IPTV services need to realize that they are risking their entire business by being involved, and it is simply not worth taking the risk.”
As with previous trials coordinated by IBCAP, NAGRA provided significant technical and investigative assistance to prepare the necessary evidence to support the case.
âAs a long-time partner of IBCAP, NAGRA is proud to have provided intelligence and evidence to support this legal action against pirate video services in South Asia,â said Jean- Philippe Plantevin, vice president of anti-piracy services at NAGRA. âFor decades, NAGRA has been committed to helping the industry protect its sizable investment in content production and distribution. Hacking is a problem that must be addressed with a defined strategy, the best anti-piracy tools available, and the full engagement of key stakeholders. We are proud to support the latter case, and will continue to work with IBCAP on similar cases in the future. “
A copy of the complaint can be found here.
About the International Broadcast Coalition Against Piracy (IBCAP)
International Broadcast Coalition Against Piracy, Inc. is a coalition of leading international broadcasters and distributors representing more than 140 television stations from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America. IBCAP is the world’s largest anti-piracy organization focused on multicultural content. The nonprofit proactively monitors and identifies unauthorized video services, collects evidence, and participates in legal actions and criminal investigations against organizations and individuals engaging in piracy activity. The IBCAP coordinates with government agencies and law enforcement agencies in the United States and abroad, reports suspected violators to the appropriate authorities, initiates investigations, and encourages prosecutions against individuals or businesses involved in the process. illegal distribution of the video content of its members. More information is available at www.IBCAP.org. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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