In the summer of 2021, DISH Network and Sling filed a copyright lawsuit against four unlicensed sports streaming sites, among them the popular SportsBay.org. After the plaintiffs named two alleged operators of the sites, this week a court in Texas held the pair liable for almost 2.5 million violations of the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions and almost half a billion dollars in damages.
In July 2021, U.S. broadcaster DISH Network and subsidiary Sling TV filed a copyright lawsuit in a Texas district court against the unknown operators of four websites – SportsBay.org, SportsBay.tv, Live-NBA.stream, and Freefeds.com.
The complaint alleged that the unknown defendants circumvented (and provided technologies and services that circumvented) security measures employed by Sling and thereby provided “DISH’s television programming” to users of their websites.
According to the complaint, the defendants circumvented technological…