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Malaysian Billionaire Joins Suit Against NewsCorp’s NDS

News, 28 October 2002


Yet more court action awaits embattled News Corporation unit NDS Group, with attempts by Malaysian billionaire Ananda Krishnan to join a suit against it.

NDS manufactures the smart cards that secure reception of pay-TV broadcasts by television set-top boxes. Earlier this year, rival firm Canal Plus Technologies (then part of Vivendi Universal, but sold last month to Thomson Multimedia) launched legal action against it, alleging UK-based NDS cracked its software code and handed it to internet pirates [WAMN: 12-Mar-02].

Krishnan, who controls Malaysian pay-TV service Measat Broadcast Network Systems, has applied to a US court to intervene in the case.

The involvement of Measat is likely to revive the suit, which Vivendi agreed to drop when forging an Italian pay-TV deal with NewsCorp [WAMN: 10-Jun-02].

Data sourced from: MediaGuardian.co.uk; additional content by WARC staff