The documents behind Rupert's pay-TV piracy battle

By Stephen Mayne
May 10, 2019

Charlie Ergen's Echostar recently sued News Corp affiliate NDS for $US1 billion alleging an incredible piracy conspiracy, but a jury recently awarded a paultry $US1500. Here are all the key documents which must have caused Rupert some sleepless nights, given the remarkable claims of espionage, deceit, theft and double-dealing.

EchoStar affidavit - part one and part two.

EchoStar's affidavit from dead Canadian pay-TV pirate Reg Scullion.

Pirate and NDS partner Oliver Kommerling's hugely damaging affidavit for $US1 billion Canal Plus writ against NDS. See background on Kommerling from Crikey and our summary of the story.

Jury verdict, awarding just $US1500 to EchoStar.

Finally, don't miss this whole section on "operation Murdoch democracy" when our shareholder resolution to eliminate News Corp's dual class share structure was backed by almost $5 billion worth of shares at last year's AGM in New York.