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Welcome to Nagrastar.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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Telegram Discloses Personal Details of Pirating Users Following Court Order

Telegram has complied with an order from the High Court in Delhi by sharing the personal details of copyright-infringing users with rightsholders. The order, which was issued despite fierce opposition, sets a precedent in India. The Court, meanwhile, clarifies that the information can also be shared with the Government and police. With over half a billion active users around the globe, Telegram is one of the most used messaging services. The application is particularly popular in India, where more than 20% of its user base resides. This includes a small subset of rather persistent pirates.

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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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Spain IPTV raid

Major Pirate IPTV Service Raided, Four Arrests, 95 Resellers Face Investigation

In a joint operation carried out by Spain's Policía Nacional and EUROPOL, a major pirate IPTV service serving half a million users across Europe has been shut down. Police say packages included 2,600 live TV channels and a 23,000-item VOD library, generating annual profits of more than €3 million for the operators. Four people have been arrested and 95 resellers placed on alert. In the wake of Italian police shutting down a 900,000 user pirate IPTV service last week, police in Spain have followed up with an operation of their own.

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Movie Piracy Conviction For Torrent Site Co-Founder: Five Down, Two To Go…

A man from Denmark has been convicted for playing a key role at Asgaard, a private torrent site that shut down in 2020 following intense legal pressure. In addition to co-founding Asgaard, the 47-year-old was associated with NordicBits, DanishBits and ShareUniversity. His criminal conviction marks the fifth in this investigation, with the fate of two other men yet to be decided. Large public torrent sites, such as The Pirate Bay, RARBG and YTS, attract massive international audiences. By dedicating themselves to a specific niche, smaller torrent sites can also generate significant traction.

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Record Labels Win $47 Million Piracy Liability Verdict Against ISP Grande

Internet provider Grande Communications is liable for the copyright infringements of its subscribers, a Texas federal jury has ruled. The ISP is guilty of willful contributory copyright infringement and must pay a group of prominent record labels $47 million in damages. Three years ago, several of the world’s largest music companies including Warner Bros. and Sony Music sued Internet provider Grande Communications. The recording labels accused the Astound-owned ISP of not doing enough to stop pirating subscribers. Specifically, they alleged that the company failed to terminate repeat infringers.

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Premier League Celebrates “Success” as IPTV Pirate Walks Out of Court

The owner of pirate IPTV service Marvel Streams UK appeared in court this week expecting to go to prison, but after being handed a suspended sentence, he walked away. While police, the Premier League, and FACT, used glowing terms to announce the "successful" prosecution, it's unlikely to have met expectations, potentially due to a significant change in tactics. This September, TorrentFreak was provided with information relating to Marvel Streams UK, a pirate IPTV service that suddenly disappeared in March 2022. Like many similar services, Marvel Streams offered subscription packages that included live TV channels and a movie/TV show VOD service, all for a cheap monthly price.

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Police Piracy Blacklist: UK Govt. Wants to Know Who’s Still Funding Pirate Sites

The Infringing Website List (IWL) has carried the domain names of thousands of pirate sites since its launch in 2014. Operated by the police, the tool informs advertisers which sites to avoid, thereby starving site operators of cash and forcing them to shut down. The UK government is seeking a partner to explain how more than 1,500 listed sites are still in business. In the belief that pirate sites only stay online when they’re returning a profit, City of London Police decided that deprivation of revenue should be a key strategy in its fight against piracy. Launched in 2014 and controlled by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), the ‘Infringing Website List’ (IWL) carries details of pirate sites nominated by rightsholders and provides the basis for future enforcement via escalating actions.

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Pirate Sites That Rip-Off Other Pirate Sites’ Branding Are About to Regret It

Sites like The Pirate Bay are recognized for their unique branding but in today's pirate streaming sector, individuality can mean copying a successful site and buying the closest possible domain. Countering ISP blocking is a driving force but opportunists are also putting Coke labels on cheap, generic cola. Thanks to the High Court in London, pirating other pirates ends in site blocking. Ten years ago the High Court in London ordered all major ISPs in the country to block The Pirate Bay. The injunction couldn’t stop the site from operating but indirectly left its mark in more insidious ways.

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MPA Piracy Investigation Led to Property Linked to Other Crimes Worth Billions

PrimeWire had outmaneuvered several Hollywood blocking injunctions but a complaint in the U.S. tightened the screws and never let go. An MPA investigation to identify the site's operator was met with sophisticated countermeasures. It ended at a UK property that has been publicly linked to other crimes worth billions of dollars. And a site called KickassTorrents. For almost a year we’ve documented Hollywood’s legal battle to permanently shut down movie and TV show streaming site, PrimeWire. Paramount, Universal, Warner, Columbia, Disney, and Netflix teamed up to file the complaint in 2021, hoping to shut down a site that had endured blocking injunctions since 2014 while serving millions of users worldwide.

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PrimeStreams Pirate IPTV Lawsuit Sucks in KTV Streams & Firestick Steve

Cease-and-desist notices are an occupational hazard for anyone involved in the unlicensed streaming scene. Some choose to get out while they can to avoid a full-blown lawsuit, but others only see a potentially lucrative gap in the market. Rolling the dice can pay off but it can also go terribly wrong, as a PrimeStreams reseller has just discovered. US broadcaster DISH Network has a reputation for chasing down anyone involved in piracy of its content. From large IPTV providers to resellers, from card-sharing networks to humble buyers, DISH can sculpt a suitable lawsuit for everyone. Still fresh after obtaining a judgment worth more than half a billion dollars against an IPTV seller in May, DISH quickly filed a new lawsuit against the alleged operators of PrimeStreams, one of the most recognizable brands in the market.

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DISH Wins $26.5m Pirate IPTV Judgment But Might Not Get a Penny

The Federal Court recently released its decision in Bell Media Inc v Macciacchera (Smoothstreams.tv), 2022 FC 1139, in which the court stressed the importance of compliance with Interim Orders and indicated that the Plaintiffs’ case has strong merits going forward. The Defendants were involved in the operation of SSTV Services, which provides subscribers with unauthorized access to movies and tv shows for which the copyright is owned or licensed by the Plaintiffs. The Plaintiffs’ works can be accessed legitimately through various authorized subscriptions/platforms, over-the-air signals broadcast by the plaintiffs themselves, or through the purchasing of their works as physical media. Despite this, SSTV Services provided unauthorized access to the Plaintiffs’ works, which the Plaintiffs argued undermined their ability to control the commercial exploitation of their own works, interfered with their relationships with authorized distributors and Canadian users at large, and resulted in losses in revenue. As such, the Plaintiffs commenced an action for the infringement of the copyright in their works that are available on the Defendants’ unauthorized services.

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The Bell Media Inc v Macciacchera (Smoothstreams.tv) Decision and Unauthorized Subscription Services

The Federal Court recently released its decision in Bell Media Inc v Macciacchera (Smoothstreams.tv), 2022 FC 1139, in which the court stressed the importance of compliance with Interim Orders and indicated that the Plaintiffs’ case has strong merits going forward. The Defendants were involved in the operation of SSTV Services, which provides subscribers with unauthorized access to movies and tv shows for which the copyright is owned or licensed by the Plaintiffs. The Plaintiffs’ works can be accessed legitimately through various authorized subscriptions/platforms, over-the-air signals broadcast by the plaintiffs themselves, or through the purchasing of their works as physical media. Despite this, SSTV Services provided unauthorized access to the Plaintiffs’ works, which the Plaintiffs argued undermined their ability to control the commercial exploitation of their own works, interfered with their relationships with authorized distributors and Canadian users at large, and resulted in losses in revenue. As such, the Plaintiffs commenced an action for the infringement of the copyright in their works that are available on the Defendants’ unauthorized services.

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