DISH Network has sued a 44-year-old Lincoln woman for allegedly circumventing the company's security system to receive satellite broadcasts without paying for them.
DISH Network LLC, EchoStar Technologies LLC and Nagrastar LLC filed the lawsuit against Sanaa Odah in U.S. District Court in Lincoln.
In it, they say Odah subscribed to two pirate TV services, NFusion Private Server and IKS Rocket, to obtain DISH Network keys used to decrypt the satellite signal and get the programming without authorization in 2011 and 2012.
DISH's attorney, Renee Eveland, said that is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Federal Communications Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
The company is seeking damages of up to $2,500 for each violation of the copyright act; up to $100,000 for each violation of the Federal Communications Act; $100 a day for each violation of the piracy act or $10,000; plus punitive damages, attorneys fees and investigative expenses.
Eveland said pirating DISH Network programming is a multi-million dollar industry in the U.S., and various devices have appeared on the black market over the years.
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