June 15, 2004 | By Fred von Lohmann

DirecTV Double Play

On the heels of our announcement yesterday, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that DirecTV cannot sue individuals for "mere possession" of technology that is capable of intercepting DirecTV's satellite signal. This is a major victory, since this legal theory has been one of the fulcrums for DirecTV's massive lawsuit campaign (more than 24,000 federal suits filed against individuals so far). Said EFF Staff Attorney Jason Schultz: "Merely possessing a device doesn't harm anyone and shouldn't give a company like DirecTV the right to drag you into court without proof that you're actually stealing something from them."

EFF filed an amicus brief in the appeal and maintains further information about the DirecTV legal campaign on the DirecTV Defense website. Defendant Treworgy was represented by Florida attorney Albert Zakarian.

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