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Welcome to satscams.com. This site is provided by NagraStar to help educate and inform people about the civil and criminal actions taken by NagraStar and their partners, DISH Network and Bell TV. These actions are taken against those who try to obtain DISH Network or Bell programming in a fraudulent manner including, but not limited to, receiving programming without authorization by and payment to DISH Network and Bell TV; or illegally designing, manufacturing, marketing, selling, or using devices that could allow access to DISH Network or Bell TV satellite signals without authorization and payment.

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Seized Bulgarian Server

The CDCOC has Suspended the Activities of Illegal Cable Operators in Northeastern Bulgaria

The specialized police operation to counter the illegal distribution of television channels was conducted on April 28. The actions were carried out by employees of the Cybercrime Department - DGCOC, together with the territorial units of the BOP in Ruse, Razgrad, Shumen and Veliko Tarnovo. In the course of the speculation, searches were carried out at eight addresses, and computer configurations, telecommunication equipment and documents were seized. Data on illegal distribution of television channels, without the necessary legal consent of the right holders, to thousands of subscribers in the northeastern part of the country have been established on the devices. The investigation into the case continues under the supervision of the Razgrad District Prosecutor's Office.

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Certified Letter

Received a Letter?

Have you received a USPS certified letter similar to the one shown in the picture? Here at NagraStar, we send all first letters certified for tracking and legal purposes. These letters contain sensitive information, and for that reason, NagraStar must ensure that the letter reaches its intended recipient. Many choose to deny signing for the letter, and thus it is returned. Commonly, certified mail is sent by lawfirms and government agencies, and refusing the letter could result in legal ramifications. If you receive such a letter, NagraStar highly recommends accepting it. If you choose to ignore these letters and emails from NagraStar, you could be referred to our law firm, HNB, for litigation. Do not ignore the letter, and please contact NagraStar as soon as possible to resolve this legal matter.

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Sydney man sentenced for selling online subscriptions using stolen credentials in international investigation

On April 23, a 23-year-old Sydney man was handed a two years and two months’ sentence, to be served by way of an intensive corrections order, for his involvement as the creator, administrator and primary financial beneficiary of a number of online subscription services which relied on stolen credentials from Australians and others around the world. The man, who has also been ordered by the court to serve 200 hours of community service, was arrested in 2019 following international cybercrime investigations by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The investigation began after the FBI referred information to the AFP, in May 2018, regarding an account generator website called WickedGen.com.

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Mirror by Lululemon

Dish Sues Peloton, Lululemon, Icon Over Streaming Technology

Dish Network Corp. and its Sling TV unit filed lawsuits accusing three of the biggest players in streaming at-home fitness programs of infringing patents for technology that improves the quality of video content over the internet. The suits, filed Tuesday in federal courts in Texas and Delaware, accuse Peloton Interactive Inc., NordicTrack maker Icon Health & Fitness Inc. and Mirror owner Lululemon Athletica Inc. of using Dish’s patented technology that “allows Internet users to stream content from across the world in real time at the highest possible quality.” Separately, Dish and Sling filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, seeking to block U.S. imports of products including Peloton stationary bikes, NordicTrack treadmills and Mirror workout panels.

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Touchtone Banner

ACE Lawsuit: YouTuber ‘Touchtone’ Was Paid $500,000 To Market Pirate IPTV

Last April, ACE - a coalition of entertainment companies headed up by Universal, Paramount, Columbia, Disney and Amazon - sued the alleged operator of pirate IPTV service Nitro TV. In a second amended complaint, ACE expands the list of defendants to include YouTuber 'Touchtone', who is said to have received more than half a million dollars to sell and market the service. With pirate IPTV services all the rage among millions of pirates, companies operating in the movie and TV show space are trying to bring the phenomenon under control. As part of this effort, last April companies owned by Columbia, Amazon, Disney, Paramount, Warner, and Universal (all members of the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment) filed a lawsuit in the US against the operators of Nitro TV.

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Jolly Roger keyboard

US Senators Urge Attorney General to Prosecute Pirate Streaming Services

US Senators Patrick Leahy and Thom Tillis urge recently appointed Attorney General Merrick Garland to put the new piracy streaming bill to use. In a letter, they ask if streaming piracy prosecutions are a priority while stressing that enforcement actions shouldn't target individuals and legitimate companies. At the end of 2020, U.S. Congress passed the spending bill. The legislation package includes various copyright-related changes, including a new plan to criminalize streaming piracy services. The Protecting Lawful Streaming Act (PLSA), as it’s called, was only introduced a few days prior and was approved without any notable debate. This stands in sharp contrast with earlier ‘felony streaming’ plans, which in part triggered the SOPA and PIPA protests.

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US Capitol

The Protecting Lawful Streaming Act of 2020, a New Law That Criminalizes Streaming

The Protecting Lawful Streaming Act of 2020, part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (Public Law No: 116-260), was signed into law on December 27, 2020. It significantly increases criminal penalties for those who, willfully and for commercial advantage or private financial gain, illegally stream copyrighted material. Previously, illegal streaming was treated as a misdemeanor. Under the new law, the Department of Justice can bring felony charges against providers (as opposed to users) of such illegal services. Streaming of live audio and video has in recent years become the primary way that consumers enjoy online content.

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DISH Secures Patent for Blockchain Based Anti-Piracy System

DISH Network has secured a patent for a next-generation anti-piracy management system that's built around a blockchain. The company envisions a universal and scalable solution that can be used by copyright holders and websites around the world. It's not only cheaper but also more efficient than current anti-piracy options, DISH promises. US-based broadcaster DISH Networks has put a lot of effort into tracking down outfits and individuals who distribute the company’s content without permission. This has resulted in dozens of lawsuits through which the company won millions of dollars in damages. However, the piracy problem isn’t going away. Behind the scenes, DISH continues to explore new options to tackle copyright infringement. This includes an entirely novel anti-piracy system where copyrighted content is managed and secured through a blockchain.

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Pirate in Prison

Streaming Pirates Criminally Charged With Unauthorized Reception of Communications

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference a few days ago to announce the results of an undercover operation stat started months ago. Detectives busted four sellers of 'pirate' Amazon Fire Sticks, including an 88-year-old suspect. According to the police, selling jailbroken devices is a crime. Online piracy is traditionally associated with a young and tech-savvy audience, but that image doesn’t always hold up. Piracy has reached the masses with the help of online streaming and easy-to-use devices. In fact, it’s now mainstream enough to have made it all the way to local flea markets. We’re not talking about bootleg DVDs or CDs that have been sold under the counter for decades. No, we’re referring to pirate streaming boxes and sticks that provide a portal into the world of streaming piracy.

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Beast IPTV

Beast IPTV Shut Down By Alliance For Creativity and Entertainment

Beast IPTV, a popular pirate IPTV service that has faced numerous issues over the past few weeks, has shut down and will not be returning. In a pair of statements, one of which goes into more detail than the other, the service says it was "forced" to close its doors. Fingers are pointing to action by the Alliance of Creativity and Entertainment and what appears to be legal action in the United States and Canada. Over the past several weeks, users of pirate IPTV service Beast IPTV have been reporting numerous issues with their accounts. Some initial downtime coupled with an inability to make new payments, an obvious lack of customer support, then a complete disappearance of the service itself, all provided the tell-tale signs of a platform on the way out. The big question was why.

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Jim Ferras' IPTV services

After Ferras Jim Pshehalouk rebrands from TVizion to NuMedia Global, California Federal Court enters judgment and injunction against him

On April 1, 2019, the United States District Court for the Central District of California granted a motion for final judgment against Ferras Jim Pshehalouk, TVizion LLC, and 247 Smart Life, LLC. On April 2, 2020, the Court amended the final judgment to add NuMedia Global and NuMedia Global Hosting as judgment-debtors. Ferras and his companies were sued by DISH Network and NagraStar for federal claims arising out of their operation of illicit streaming services known as TVizion and NuMedia Global, whereby television programming originating from DISH’s satellite communications was retransmitted without authorization to users of the TVizion and NuMedia Global streaming services. The Court’s order includes a permanent injunction against Ferras and his companies as well as an award of $5,989,000 in statutory damages under the Federal Communications Act (“FCA”).

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