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.
Practice Tip: Plaintiffs in satellite television piracy cases usually seek both injunctive relief and monetary damages.
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.
Defendants: BARBARA GOLDBERG and EDWIN GOLDBERG
Presiding Judge:Sarah Evans Barker
Cause Of Action: Fed. Question