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What Is Considered to be Stealing Cable?

Stealing cable TV is a federal crime. The law prohibits anyone from intercepting or receiving any cable communications unless authorized by a cable operator. If you are receiving cable television and not paying for it, you are most likely stealing cable. It is also illegal to temporarily receive cable TV for commercial purposes. For example, sometimes bars or clubs will offer pay-per-view events for a small cover charge at the door. To maximize profits, the owner may decide to bring his cable box from home and hook it up in the club. Even if the owner pays for his home cable, using his cable box for commercial profit without first consulting the cable operator is considered stealing.

Is it a Crime to Sell Products/Services that Allow Others to Steal Cable?

Yes. The federal statute that prohibits stealing cable also forbids assisting others in stealing cable, which can include making and distributing any equipment intended for unauthorized reception of cable services.

What Are the Possible Penalties for Stealing Cable?

Criminal penalties:

Apart from criminal penalties, a cable operator may choose to bring a lawsuit against an individual stealing cable. The possible penalties to the individual are:

What Should I Do if I Have Been Accused by a Cable Operator of Stealing Cable?

It depends on what kind of action the cable operator is taking. If threatened with criminal charges, you should immediately consult a criminal defense lawyer who can advise you of your rights and help you navigate the criminal legal system. More likely, however, a cable operator will threaten a law suit and give the option of settling for a certain amount. In this situation it would be wise to seek a lawyer who specializes in civil suits to determine your course of action. While a settlement offer may sound like the easiest and quickest way out, it is not necessarily the cheapest option and the cable operator may be demanding more than they are entitled to.

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Last Modified: 10-24-2011 02:07 PM PDT

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