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DirecTV signals exempt from grey marketing and pirating: Quebec judge

News | 07/04/2001 4:00 am EDT

A Quebec Superior Court judge has ruled that pirating U.S. satellite TV signals isn’t against Canadian law, and as such, can be hacked with impunity on this side of the border. In a surprising and unprecedented decision released May 29, Justice Pierre Tessier ruled that the Radiocommunications Act makes it a crime to steal signals only from authorized Canadian distributors, Star Choice Communications Inc and Bell ExpressVu. That same protection, he concluded, doesn’t extend to unlawful distributors such as DirecTV.

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