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Canal Plus alleges NDS piracy involvement

French TV service Canal Plus has opened a lawsuit against London-based NDS for an alleged involvement in a piracy scandal centring on the former’s pay-TV content.

French TV service Canal Plus has opened a lawsuit against London-based NDS for an alleged involvement in a piracy scandal centring on the former’s pay-TV content.

Canal Plus asserts that NDS, 80 per cent owned by Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp, has spent months trying to crack its smart card encryption, allowing access to its pay-TV service. According to the French company, the details were then published to the Internet by NDS, allowing hackers to flood the market with counterfeit cards.

Said Canal Plus in a statement: “NDS engaged in a conspiracy to harm Canal Plus’ competitive position in the digital television market.” Though NDS is responsible for creating interactive and set top box technology for Murdoch’s UK satellite service BSkyB, NewsCorp asserted that NDS’ management works completely independently. The case continues.

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