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DISH Network and Sling TV have filed a lawsuit against VNest IPTV for alleged infringing content.
VNest IPTV is a Las Vegas-based company that claimed to provide users with over 5,000 channels for a small monthly fee.
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As first reported by TorrentFreak, Sling TV & DISH filed the lawsuit in a Nevada Court which targets Las Vegas resident Santina Fulton.
Fulton is the alleged owner and operator of VNest IPTV and was even sent a cease-and-desist notice from the companies in October of 2021.
The request was ultimately ignored and the service continued to operate as usual.
However, since the court filing from Sling & DISH, the VNest official website is no longer available for access.
You will encounter the following screen when attempting to access VNest IPTV’s website:
The media companies claim that VNest captured streams from DISH Network and rebroadcasted them under their own name.
They even allege that some of the channels were ripped from Nitro TV which is also facing charges from DISH Network
While most IPTV developers go to great lengths to hide their identity, Fulton seemed to do the opposite.
Investigators for DISH & Sling signed up for the service and made payments via PayPal and Venmo that went directly to Santina Fulton.
The lawsuit against VNest claims the company violated the Federal Communications Act and the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) by unlawfully stealing and rebroadcasting live streams.
DISH Programming and Sling Programming has been retransmitted to users of Defendants’ VNest TV service without Plaintiffs’ authorization, thereby allowing VNest TV users to receive such programming without paying the requisite subscription fee to DISH or Sling.
You can read the entire lawsuit by following the link below.
This isn’t the first time we have seen DISH target IPTV Providers for stealing the companies’ streams.
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