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'Capt. Midnight' Fined $5,000

August 26, 1986|Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A video pirate using the nickname "Capt. Midnight," who briefly jammed a satellite TV signal to broadcast a protest of cable television signal scrambling, was fined $5,000 and given a year's probation today.

John R. MacDougall interrupted Home Box Office's signal to complain against HBO's decision to scramble its satellite signal so dish owners could not receive it without paying a monthly fee.

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