In a setback to DirecTV's fight against satellite piracy, a federal appeals panel on Tuesday ruled that the company cannot sue people under a wiretapping law just because they possess cards allowing them to intercept its signal. The 11th Circuit said that DirecTV must be able to show that the alleged pirate actually used the device. It's the first federal appellate decision on the issue, and thus is controlling law nationally for the time being.
DirecTV Loses Weapon in Piracy Fight
Daily Business Review
June 16, 2004