CABLE TELEVISION SIGNAL PIRACY DEFENSE

Have you received a threatening letter regarding a televised event? Are you a business owner that televised a sports event at your place of business and now you are being threatened with a lawsuit?

Promoters of televised sporting events typically allege violations of 47 U.S.C. § 553, which applies to the theft of "cable" transmissions, and 47 U.S.C. § 605 which applies to the theft of "radio" transmissions if they have reason to believe that a televised event was shown at an establishment without proper authorization.

Section 553 provides that "[n]o person shall intercept or receive or assist in intercepting or receiving any communications service offered over a cable system, unless specifically authorized to do so by a cable operator or as may otherwise be specifically authorized by law." 47 U.S.C. § 553(a)(1).

Section 605 provides that "[n]o person not being entitled thereto shall receive or assist in receiving any interstate or foreign communication by radio and use such communication (or any information therein contained) for his own benefit or for the benefit of another not entitled thereto." 47 U.S.C. § 605(a).

If you have received a letter that alleges that you have violated state or federal law relating to the unauthorized transmission of a televised event or if you have served with a lawsuit alleging similar violations, DO NOT IGNORE IT. Moreover, responding to the letter or lawsuit without an attorney may actually do more harm than good. The state and federal laws allow for enhanced damages to be assessed against you or your business; failing to respond or properly defend yourself against a lawsuit of this nature, will likely result in having the enhanced damages assessed against you.

A cable television signal piracy lawsuit is a serious matter that WILL NOT GO AWAY BY ITSELF, but it can be dealt with in a manner that will allow you and your business to go on with your lives and put this matter behind you. The KIRSCH LAW FIRM has represented individuals and businesses involved in lawsuits alleging cable television piracy in Miami Dade County; however, the KIRSCH LAW FIRM, through its strategic alliances, can serve clients dealing with cable television piracy matters throughout the state of Florida.

If you have received a threatening letter or lawsuit alleging cable television signal piracy Contact the KIRSCH LAW FIRM for a cable television signal piracy consultation today.