Court awards NDS $19M from EchoStar

Editor ©RapidTVNews | 20-03-2012


In what is a pleasant way to tie up loose ends before it becomes part of Cisco, NDS has been awarded $19 million in damages by the US Supreme Court relating to accusations of piracy by EchoStar and Kudelski.
In 2003, EchoStar filed a US$2 billion claim against NDS alleging that in the previous decade NDS was responsible for the compromise of EchoStar’s satellite television programming platform through the posting of code on the DR7 website. NDS strenuously denied the allegations made against it, and in a legal ruling August 2010, the Ninth Circuit stated “EchoStar did not succeed 'on any significant issue' or 'achieve any of the benefit it sought in bringing suit' under the Communications Act.”

The Ninth Circuit awarded NDS US$18 million and concluded that “There is no question that NDS successfully defended against all of EchoStar’s claims based on or related to its theory that NDS was responsible for the compromise of EchoStar’s satellite television programming security system.” In January 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States of America denied a petition to hear a challenge by EchoStar.
In all NDS has received a full payment of US$18,935,399.49 for damages in recognition that NDS were found sole prevailing party and vindicated of all allegations of piracy.
Commented Dr. Abe Peled, Executive Chairman, NDS Group: “This brings an end to this long drawn-out process in which we vehemently denied all allegations of piracy which were made against us over a decade ago. Piracy is an issue throughout the industry and injurious to all in the value chain; it is only with the active anti-piracy efforts of companies such as ourselves that the pay-TV industry is able to evolve and continue to enable people to enjoy premium TV viewing.”