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Viacom Goes After|TV Show Hackers

SAN DIEGO (CN) - Viacom asked a federal judge to help it stop unknown hackers from streaming copyrighted television shows from its Nickelodeon channel.

Viacom claims that John Does dba have been providing live streaming of Nickelodeon shows since April 2012.

The Does have streamed "SpongeBob Square Pants" and other hits, Nickelodeon says in its Feb. 27 complaint.

The pirate website also offers paid on-demand viewing to subscribers for $3.99 a month, $9.99 for three months, $19.99 for six months, and $35.99 for a year, according to the complaint, and asked for "donations" for other services.

Viacom seeks an injunction and damages for copyright and trademark infringement, false designation, cybersquatting, and unfair competition.

It is represented by David Kaplan, with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, of Beverly Hills.

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