More and more people are starting to use Kodi-powered set-top boxes to stream video content to their TVs.
While Kodi itself is a neutral platform, third-party add-ons can turn it into the ultimate pirate machine, providing access to movies, TV-shows and IPTV channels.
These add-ons are direct competition for traditional broadcast providers, such as Dish Network in the United States, which filed a lawsuit in a Texas federal court late last week.
The complaint lists the add-on ZemTV as the prime target and TV-Addons as the most popular tool for sharing Addons. The service in question allows users to watch a variety of Dish channels, without permission.
The Texas court, sued them with $150.000 for each offense. While everything is serious, Dish doesn’t know the full identities of the defendants, so the company requested a broad range of citations from the court, targeting almost all online services used by TV-Addons and ZenTV, including: Amazon, Github, Google, Twitter, Facebook, Paypal and even hosting providers.
So, this week the Texas court granted the citations, which means that they can be forwarded to online services in question. But will it be enough to identify the people behind ‘TVAddons’ and ‘ZemTV’? We’ll see later. While Dish still appears to be keen to find out who is behind ‘TVAddons’ and ‘ZemTV,’ not much has been heard from the defendants in question. ZemTV developer “Shani” shut down his addon soon after the lawsuit was announced, without mentioning it specifically. TVAddons, meanwhile, has been offline for over a week, without any notice about the reason for the prolonged downtime.
People with developer skills think it’s not fair, and that’s because all the streaming sources used in ZemTV and even in other addons are not hosted by the developers but are simply found on internet and there are a bunch of online services/websites hosting and streaming live TV content, why would you sue a simple person that just finds those links and groups them into a list.
Texas court and Dish network: Please go get some coding skills.