Premium Sports sued David Keville and his company Country Saloon Products, Inc., which does business as “Kelly’s Cellar” in Quincy, MA, alleging that Kelly’s Cellar unlawfully intercepted and descrambled the satellite signal of a Gaelic Athletic Association (“GAA”) football match between Donegal and Galway, which took place on July 22, 2017. Premium Sports brings counts for copyright infringement as well as violation of 47 U.S.C. §§ 553 and 605(a), which prohibit the unauthorized reception and publication of communications. The latter statutes provide for injunctive relief, actual or statutory damages, and reasonable attorneys’ fees.
The defendants had previously been sued for pirating prior GAA matches, (15-cv-13009). The case settled after the defendants moved to vacate a finding that they were in default and awarding Premium Sports $69,387.07 in damages, fees and costs.
GAA football, also known as Gaelic football, is a team sport in which the object is to punch or kick a ball into the other team’s goal (a “goal”), for three points, or between two upright posts extending above the goal (a “point”) for one point. Galway won the July 22 match by a final score of 4 goals, 17 points (for a total of 29 points) to 0 goals, 14 points for Donegal.