A range of Russian TV channels, namely Channel One, STS, REN TV, TNT Comedy, Rain, and Nostalgia, filed a class action lawsuit with the Court of New York.
The TV companies assert, that some American rebroadcasting transmitters illegally distribute Russian TV channels, and decrease prices for their packages in addition to that. Thus, rebroadcasting transmitters practically pirate, while the Russian TV companies lose their money.
Vladimir Samarin, deputy Head of the Guild of Russian Advocates, told Pravda.Ru which are the prospects of this lawsuit, and whether they would manage to establish owners of the sites, stop illegal rebroadcasting and compensate for property damage.
"Proprietary and intellectual property rights are secured quite rigidly in the US. So, there will occur no technical difficulties while establishing who downloads and what in contravention of every possible law. The chances of our TV companies to get corresponding compensation are quite good,' the expert claimed.
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