Two International Content Providers Accuse TStv of Copyright Infringement

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The high expectations among Nigerians as having Telcomm Satellite TV (TStv) as an alternative provider seems dashed as TStv faces some legal challenges raised by two international content providers for copyright infringement.

Two international content providers, Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited and belN, have accused TStv of infringing their exclusive distribution rights to certain television programmes and failure to obtain the necessary broadcasting and redistribution rights to the channels included its bouquet.

The two international content providers alleged that TStv did not have the rights to air the Cable News Network (CNN) channel, owned by Turner Broadcasting System and the 10 beIN Sports channels it advertised on its website.

beIN,  a Qatar-based global sports entertainment group, which is the exclusive licensee of the broadcast rights to many international sporting leagues and other entertainment content and Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited, Owners of a leading international news channel, CNN has confronted TStv legally.

However, documents exclusively obtained by  revealed that TStv several content owners have issued cease and desist order to the company, which effectively prevents it from launching its much-advertised products.

beIN sent a letter titled “Illegal Pirating of beIN Content Cease & Desist,” raised the issue of “Intellectual property infringement by TSTV”, which has 10 of beIN’s channels forming the bulk of its sports offering in same wise CNN, also hit TStv with a similar order one day before beIN. CNN warned TStv that they own no right to rebroadcast its channel as part of its bouquet contrary to the promotion of CNN on the new company’s website.

But responding swiftly on its Facebook page, TStv said the letter was fake and designed to create a bias against their product in the minds of Nigerians.

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: