Hammond, Indiana – Intellectual property counsel for J & J Sports Productions, Inc., of Campbell, CA, filed a lawsuit alleging Copper Penny Pub (and its owner Steve Hekkel) of Hammond, IN, improperly exhibited the Floyd Mayweather-Shane Moseley boxing match earlier this year. The plaintiff claims to hold the rights to distribute the broadcast of the fight and that the defendants “unlawfully intercepted, received and/or de-scrambled” the satellite signal of the broadcast and publicly showed it at the Copper Penny sports bar in Hammond. Violations of 47 U.S.C. §§ 553 and 605(a), which prohibit unauthorized reception and use of satellite and cable system transmissions, are asserted.
Practice Tip: As seen in this case, the Federal Communications Act provides additional or alternative causes of action for satellite or cable programming companies in addition to those permitted under copyright law.
Further information about the case is as follows:
Filed: July 26, 2010 as 2:2010cv00301 Updated: July 27, 2010 23:14:09
Plaintiff: J&J Sports Productions Inc
Defendants: Copper Entertainment Inc and Steve Hekkel
Presiding Judge: James T Moody
Referring Judge: Paul R Cherry
Cause Of Action: Federal Communications Act of 1934