Vivendi sues News Corp under RICO act
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Source: MusicDish - March 13, 2002
Large amounts of money and resources were spent by News Corporation's NDS to
extract code from Canal+'s digital TV smart card which was then provided,
"to a Web site frequented by counterfeiters," states Canal+ owner Vivendi
Universal SA, based in Paris, France.
Both Canal+ (also based in Paris) and NDS, headquartered in London, England,
make smart cards, which are inserted by subscribers into set-top boxes to
stop digital thieves from stealing cable-tv and satellite signals.
"After the code was published on the Internet, criminal organizations
flooded the market with counterfeit cards," costing Canal+' upwards of $1
billion, it says, going on that NDS "illegally attacked Canal+ Technologies'
previously unbroken security system that had been developed to ensure that
only authorized customers have access to digital television signals".
Canal+ Group, with more than 12.5 million set-top boxes powered by its
software, and its Canal+ Technologies SA and Canal+ Technologies Inc are now
sueing NDS Group plc, alleging NDS, "engaged in a conspiracy to harm
Canal+'s competitive position in the digital television market".
The suit was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District Court
of California claiming violations of The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt
Organizations Act, The Copyright Act, the California Unfair Competition
statute, and other violations of tort law.
News Corporation hadn't made a public statement about the case at the time
we published this.