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Jun 1, 2020

CBC Owner Bobby Reich Faces Piracy Lawsuit in U.S. Court

Robert Reich

Robert Reich of the Channel Broadcasting Company is in trouble with the law in the United States; the businessman is being sued by DISH Network for appropriating copyrighted content owned by DISH Network. The U.S. television provider says it conducted an investigation last year and found that its content relating to X-View was being advertised and sold illegally on CBC’s website. As we have been reporting copyright compliance to protect intellectual property is the norm in the cable industry and big companies like DISH Network are closing in on piracy. Reich is believed to have been targeted because of his U.S. address. Five’s Isani Cayetano has the following report.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Local broadcaster Robert Reich, executive director of Channel Broadcasting Corporation, is facing litigation in a United States court, following a preliminary injunction of CBC’s X-View platform.  The lawsuit against Reich is being brought by DISH Network Corporation, a U.S. television provider based in Englewood, Colorado.  In a nineteen-page affidavit filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Fraud Investigations Manager Kevin Gedeon, who works for DISH Network, charges that CBC has been involved in a new form of piracy using Internet Protocol Television streaming services.  By capturing live broadcast signals and transmitting the content over the internet, the Belize City based cable and internet service provider has allegedly been appropriating copyrighted material belonging to DISH Network.  In a written version of the sworn statement provided by Gedeon, he states that as part of an investigation into various IPTV pirate streaming services, DISH Signal Integrity became aware of X-View which was being advertised and sold on CBC’s website.  The issue of piracy stems from the illegal transmission of DISH Network’s intellectual property which is being sold to customers who pay illicit subscriptions to the company.  While the court has since ordered an immediate freeze of CBC’s assets, Reich filed a motion to disprove the action against him, referring to inconsistencies between both jurisdictions.  That motion, however, was promptly dismissed.  As a result, Reich is now facing hundreds of breaches of the United States Code which carry statutory damages ranging between one thousand and ten thousand U.S dollars for each violation of the first section and up to one hundred thousand U.S. dollars for offenses committed for financial gain.  CBC has been in operation since 1992 with a customer base that has grown to over five thousand subscribers.


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