EchoStar Wins $214M Judgment In Piracy Suit

Law360, New York (April 20, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday ordered Viewtech Inc. and its jailed founder to pay $214 million to EchoStar Satellite LLC for building and selling set-top boxes designed to break EchoStar's signal encryption.

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez said Viewtech's sale of more than 1 million code-cracking satellite boxes left him no choice but to order the company to pay the massive amount, since the Digital Millennium Copyright Act calls for statutory damages between $200 and $2,500 for each piracy device sold.

The receivers were “designed,...
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Echostar Satellite LLC et al v. ViewTech Inc et al


Case Number

3:07-cv-01273

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California Southern

Nature of Suit

Copyright

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Roger T. Benitez

Date Filed

July 13, 2007

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