The International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy and member DISH Network have emerged victorious in a long-running lawsuit against pirate set-top box distributor Jadoo TV. This week a California court granted summary judgment, finding Jadoo TV and CEO Sajid Sohail liable for direct, contributory, and vicarious infringement. Personal liability for Sohail is significant given Jadoo TV’s ongoing bankruptcy proceedings.
In November 2018, DISH Network filed a copyright complaint against Jadoo TV, a distributor of self-branded set-top IPTV boxes and later various software apps. DISH also sued Jadoo TV CEO, Sajid Sohail.
The complaint described Jadoo TV’s operation as a “wide-ranging, deliberate, multi-year effort” to distribute the plaintiffs’ exclusively-licensed TV channels without authorization. Alleging violations of 17 U.S.C. Section 501, DISH filed claims for direct, contributory, and vicarious infringement.