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.


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