June 15, 2004 | By Donna Wentworth

DirecTV Drops "Guilt-by-Purchase" Strategy

This just in: satellite television giant DirecTV has decided at last to stop suing or threatening to sue people for merely possessing smart card devices. Instead, it will pursue lawsuits against only those people it suspects of actually using the devices to illegally intercept the company's satellite signal.

The decision comes after months of negotiations with folks at EFF and Stanford's CIS Cyberlaw Clinic, who have been working together to help people understand their rights and defend themselves in the face of settlement demands that made it easier to give up than to fight.

It's an extraordinary victory. Read all about it in the official press release, here.


Deeplinks Topics

Stay in Touch

NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

Follow EFF

New Dutch surveillance law may allow bulk interception of encrypted communication: https://eff.org/r.27eh

Jul 30 @ 5:31pm

Netzpolitik confirms that German authorities are investigating its journalists for reporting on mass surveillance: https://eff.org/r.o8c5

Jul 30 @ 5:14pm
Jul 30 @ 2:56pm
JavaScript license information