DirecTV, Inc. Sues Jersey’s Café for Improper Interception and Copyright Infringement of Satellite Programming


New Albany, Indiana – Copyright lawyers for DirecTV, Inc. of California have filed a suit alleging Jersey’s Cafe of Clarksville, IN, violated the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984, 47 U.S.C. § 521, et seq. The plaintiff, a well-known distributor of satellite television programming, encrypts its broadcast transmissions and claims that the defendants, which include the principals of the cafe, willfully, and without a license, displayed National Football League games only available through a premium DirecTV service. The complaint also includes a cause of action for conversion, essentially the civil counterpart of theft under criminal law.

This case has been assigned to Judge Sarah Evans Barkerand Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann in the Southern District of Indiana, and assigned case no. 4:10-cv-00117-SEB-WGH.

Practice Tip: Plaintiffs in satellite television piracy cases usually seek both injunctive relief and monetary damages.

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Further information about this case is as follows:

Filed: October 1, 2010 as 4:2010cv00117 Updated: October 4, 2010 21:07:29

Plaintiff: DIRECTV, INC.


Presiding Judge:Sarah Evans Barker

Cause Of Action: Fed. Question


Seventh Circuit > Indiana > Southern District Court

Type:Other Statutes > Cable/Satellite TV

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