Piracy legal actions filed in March and April 2002 include:
It is rare, if not unprecedented, for one media company to launch such a frontal assault on another over the issue of piracy, which they all agree is a crucial and potentially destructive problem. But in this case, Canal Plus Group, of Paris, and its Canal Plus Technologies unit allege that NDS in the late 1990s set up a massive operation at its research laboratory in Israel to break the computer code that operates Canalís smart card. That effort, the suit says, involved electrical and optical examination of the protected internal software code of the card using expensive machinery designed and operated to defeat Canal Plus Technologiesí protective measures.
After the code was successfully extracted in 1998, Canal alleges, NDS transmitted it
in a digital file to NDS Americas Inc. in California with instructions that it be
published on the Internet, so that it would be freely available to anyone who wanted
to use it to produce counterfeit Canal Plus smart cards. The suit says that, in March
1999, the code was published on a Web site that Canal says is frequented by counterfeiters.
The suit, filed last Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, accused
Technicolor of illegally copying and distributing pirated CDs by N-Sync,
Celine Dion, Julio Iglesias and other superstar recording artists, the RIAA said.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said systems integrator and Web-site builder Integrated Information Systems (IIS) [NASDAQ:IISX] operated a server on its corporate network that was dedicated to sharing MP3 files contributed by employees.