Content protection provider Nagra (Kudelski Group) and Kudelski Security division announced that the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas had awarded sister company Nagravision a final default judgement worth USD 101 million in a lawsuit against China’s Zhuhai Gotech Intelligent Technology Co., LTD., and two related companies.
Nagra argued that these companies manufactured and distributed unauthorized set-top boxes under brand names including Globalsat, AZAmerica, NAZABox, Captiveworks and Limesa. Some of these devices are present in Latin America and are used to illegally capture signals from DTH operators. The companies also operated Internet Key Sharing (IKS) servers from servers located in the United States.
In addition to ordering the damage payment, the Judge also enjoined Gotech from manufacturing and selling any equipment or offering any services that could be used for piracy, as well as ordering Gotech to turn over any existing equipment or software that could be used to commit piracy. The judge also ordered the ownership of Gotech’s primary website domain to be transferred to Nagra.
“We have demonstrated in our security labs that Gotech has impacted every major conditional access system (CAS) and is also providing an illegal content sharing solution, impacting pay TV operators everywhere,” said Maurice van Riek, Senior Vice President, Head of Content and Asset Security for Nagra.