11th Circuit Rejects DirecTV's Legal Strategy In Antipiracy Suits

Law360, New York (June 16, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a case with broad implications for anti-piracy law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled that DirecTV cannot use wiretapping law to sue consumers who merely possess satellite signal descramblers.

In its ruling, issued Tuesday, the court rejected DirecTV’s argument that the Electronic Communications Piracy Act of 1986 creates a private right of action against consumers who possess decrypting devices for illegal access to satellite television programming.

DirectTV sued Mike Treworgy in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of...
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