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Vivendi sues News Corp under RICO act
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-03-14
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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.


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