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Kudelski claims Europe piracy victory

September 15, 2008

Kudelski, which owns Nagravision says it scored a big victory in its fight against pay-TV piracy in Europe with a German court prohibiting one of Although the banned “free-to-air” decoders also allow for reception of free (unencrypted) programming, the court found that the devices are illegal because they contain the electronic mechanism, the company said. The company, Heinrich Zehnder GmbH, risks a fine of up to E250,000 or a prison sentence for executives if it does not comply with the verdict.

“This verdict is a clear message for manufacturers and importers of ';de facto’ pirate decoders. From now on, they will have to ensure that such decoders are not equipped with technical elements that – by themselves or through the downloading of pirate software – allow circumvention of content protection systems and the illegal reception of encrypted content,” Kudelski said in a statement.


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