June 8, 2007
Cable Piracy Nets Five Years
A press release of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California reports that an individual was sentenced "to five years of prison for his participation in a nationwide and international cable piracy scheme that resulted in the sale and distribution of over 100,000 cable descramblers designed to illicitly obtain cable programming, and that resulted in gross sales of over $12 million." According to this release, the defendant and another individual "operated a business which manufactured and sold cable television descramblers allowing illicit access to cable programming." They "advertised the descramblers extensively through a series of web sites on the Internet and also through national magazines." These devices reaped a profit as they "allowed consumers to receive premium and pay-per-view cable television programming without the knowledge or authorization of cable operators."
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