DIRECTV sues WFAN's Sid Rosenberg
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Source: Mi2N - March 21, 2002
On March 11, WFAN Radio's Sid Rosenberg told Don Imus on the MSNBC "Imus in
the Morning" program that he's used an illegally modified DIRECTV access
card to steal DIRECTV programming. Now DIRECTV has filed a lawsuit against
Rosenberg alleging violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and
the Federal Communications Act.
DIRECTV - one of the largest US distributors of Viacom-owned programming
including Showtime, MTV, CBS and Paramount Pictures - says among other
things, Rosenberg stated, "You don't have to pay DIRECTV if you get the card
zapped...I get the card zapped" and throughout the program, "continued to
boast about using an illegally modified DIRECTV access card to steal
programming, such as movies and sports."
Larry Rissler, VP of Signal Integrity for DIRECTV, said, "We have the
transcript of the program and Mr. Rosenberg's brazen comments on national
television of stealing DIRECTV programming were a clear admission of
wrongdoing. He was encouraging consumers to steal copyrighted broadcasts,
such as programming owned by Viacom, the parent company of CBS/Infinity,
which owns WFAN."
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