May 16, 2008

DISH Network Sues News Corp. for $1.6B, Gets Only $1,500

Reuters is reporting that a federal court jury in Santa Ana awarded DISH Network $1,500 in its piracy suit against NDS, a division of News Corp. DISH claimed that NDS employed a rogue software engineer who systematically broke into DISH's network, stole software code, and posted information on the Internet to let users unscramble DISH's signals and receive satellite television for free. DISH asked for $900 million in compensatory damages and another $700 million in punitive damages. The trial lasted a month but the jury deliberated for a single day before awarding $1,500. Missed it by that much.