Federal Court ruling against Super Arab includes a broad injunction against dealers, hosting providers and other non-parties, as well as domain name transfers by registries

(DENVER) Dec. 13, 2022 — The International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy (IBCAP) today
announced that a federal court in Texas has ordered a local seller of the Super Arab IPTV service to pay
$2.1 million in damages for willful copyright infringement while also ordering the removal of IBCAP
member channels from the pirate service. The court also issued a broad injunction enjoining dealers and
distributors from selling the Super Arab service, ordering hosting providers to disable certain IP
addresses used by Super Arab, ordering registries and registrars to disable current and future domains
used by Super Arab, and enjoining CDNs and other infrastructure providers used in connection with the
Super Arab service.

As part of IBCAP’s investigation, the Texas retailer received multiple notices of copyright infringement but
ignored them, resulting in the court’s finding of willful infringement and the award of $2.1 million. The
court determined that the retailer’s violation was willful as shown by its “receipt of numerous notices of
infringement demanding that [the retailer] … cease distributing, selling, and promoting the Super Arab
IPTV service in the United States.”

“This case is yet another example of what happens when a local dealer ignores IBCAP cease and desist
notices. An award of more than $2 million against an individual residing in Texas reinforces our repeated
message to dealers of pirate services — participating in copyright infringement by selling pirate services
is not worth the risk,” said Chris Kuelling, executive director of IBCAP. “In this case, not only was the
dealer ordered to pay, but the court also issued a broad injunction that will enable us to shut down the
service in the U.S. as well as all dealers of the service. We will enforce this order against dealers of the
Super Arab service, non-parties associated with Super Arab, and the transfer of domains critical to the
operation of the service.”

The evidence for this case was collected by IBCAP's anti-piracy lab in coordination with NAGRA. “Our
solutions have proven extremely useful in legal actions against pirate services — in this case, Super Arab
IPTV. NAGRA is pleased to work with IBCAP and its members in pursuing the shutdown of pirates, and
we will leave no stone unturned as we help our industry continue to fight piracy,” said Pascal Métral, VP
Anti-Piracy Services at NAGRA.

The case was filed by IBCAP member DISH Network, and a copy of the order can be found here.

International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy, Inc. (IBCAP) is a coalition of leading international and
U.S. content owners, broadcasters and distributors representing more than 170 television channels from
the U.S. and around the world. As the largest anti-piracy organization focused on illicit services offering
multicultural content, the non-profit organization proactively monitors and identifies unauthorized video
services, collects evidence and assists with legal actions and criminal investigations against organizations
and individuals engaging in pirate activities. IBCAP coordinates with government agencies and law
enforcement both in the U.S. and abroad, reports suspected infringers to the appropriate authorities,
initiates investigations and promotes the prosecution of persons or companies who participate in the
illegal distribution of its members’ video content. More information is available at www.IBCAP.org. Follow
us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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