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Quebec court orders Bell ExpressVu to pay Québecor $137 million

Quebec court of appeal said the Bell satellite TV division harmed competitors such as Vidéotron by deliberately neglecting to implement appropriate security systems to prevent piracy.
Quebec court of appeal said the Bell satellite TV division harmed competitors such as Vidéotron by deliberately neglecting to implement appropriate security systems to prevent piracy. The Canadian Press / Nathalie Madore

MONTREAL — The Quebec Court of Appeal has ordered Bell ExpressVu to pay $137 million, including interest, to Québecor subsidiaries Vidéotron and TVA for failing to prevent the piracy of its satellite signal between 2002 and 2005.

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The unanimous ruling by Quebec’s highest court upheld a lower court decision that said the Bell satellite TV division harmed competitors such as Vidéotron by deliberately neglecting to implement appropriate security systems to prevent piracy.

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