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DirecTV sues pirate

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DirecTV has filed a lawsuit in an Ontario court against six Canadians who it claims are selling piracy technology used to steal its programming in spite of a permanent injunction imposed against one of the group a year ago.

In its complaint, DirecTV alleges that the group, including Elio Gino D’Amario, is continuing to use a Web site to sell pirated satellite TV devices, even after a U.S. District Court and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice issued cease-and-desist orders against D’Amario in July 2004. The suit was filed after a probe by DirecTV.

DirecTV has been accusing D’Amario of illegally selling its signal to customers in Canada and the U.S. as far back as 1999. He has been the subject of several injunctions since 2002.

DirecTV is seeking a contempt of court order against him.

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