Belize City based CBC cable has agreed to pay a mega judgement in a US court. As we reported back in June, US satellite provider dish Network sued CBC and owner Robert Reich basically for pirating their signals and offering them to subscribers on the CBC channel lineup.
Well that case originated in Florida in January of this year, and it was settled yesterday for nearly 16 million US dollars. The website LAW 360 reports, quote, "In an agreed judgment that ended the case Tuesday, Channel Broadcasting‚Ä¶of Belize Ltd. and two individual co-defendants (namely Robert and Carol Reich) are expected to pay $750 for each of 21,136 access credentials to the CBC service, through which they allegedly supplied the Dish programs." End quote. That amounts to 15.8 million US dollars.
The agreement also includes a permanent injunction barring CBC from pirating or distribution its signals.
The case sent shock-waves through the cable industry which was built on piracy for decades. Fearing just such an outcome, cable operators having been moving consistently towards copyright compliance over the last few years.Channel 7