A Piracy Lawsuit is Tearing Kodi's Add-on Community Apart

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 3 weeks ago '16        #1
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A Piracy Lawsuit is Tearing Kodi's Add-on Community Apart
 

 
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ZemTV, Phoenix and Salts are all unavailable as legal pressure mounts.


Some of the biggest third-party Kodi streaming addons are no longer available. TorrentFreak reports that ZemTV and Phoenix have recently closed following a lawsuit from US satellite broadcaster Dish Network, with other streaming add-ons following suit. The add-ons, which offer on-demand and live streamed content free of charge, are accused of direct copyright infringement of various TV channels.

In a statement on the TVAddons forum, Phoenix developer Cosmix confirmed the closure, but didn't elaborate on the exact reason why: "In light of current events we have decided to close down Phoenix," he said. "This is not something that was easy for us to do; we have all formed a bond that cannot be broken as a team and have a HUGE support base that we are thankful of."

It's thought that while the Dish lawsuit is currently focused on other streaming add-ons, developers like Cosmix are distancing themselves (full list here) from any potential legal action due to the costs involved. Many Kodi developers consider themselves hobbyists and administer add-ons in their free time for no financial reward.

As copyright infringement damages can run into the hundreds of thousands (the Dish Network suit demands $150,000 per infringement), developers could be hit hard. ZemTV was removed from the TVAddons library as soon as it was named in the lawsuit and One242415 -- the developer behind Navi-X, Phoenix and his own add-on -- also announced that his creations will cease working in the coming days.

ZemTV rose to prominence as a reliable source of live TV streams from around the world. Phoenix, on the other hand, offered access to TV shows, movies and live sport, which led it to become one of the banner add-ons advertised by retailers selling "fully-loaded" Kodi boxes. In April, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) ruled that sales of streaming boxes that come pre-loaded with piracy add-ons constitute copyright infringement, which could lead to a European crackdown on such hardware.

Kodi -- the company behind the popular media center -- often finds itself entangled in legal action, even though it actively discourages the promotion of piracy add-ons on its platform. It provides the open source software but doesn't dictate which add-ons are allowed on the platform.

Instead, it asks that developers of so-called piracy add-ons don't affiliate themselves with Kodi. The team dreams of having legitimate services like Amazon and Netflix offer their own apps, but that's a tough ask when it's constantly having to deal with the negativity around illegal streaming add-ons on its platform.


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 3 weeks ago '04        #2
fame614 219 heat pts219
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Don't take exodus
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 3 weeks ago '04        #3
quintosis03 4 heat pts
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Y'all gave the game away by putting everyone on it. Now everyone suffers
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 3 weeks ago '10        #4
Jeezy187 19 heat pts19
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Dammit man.
 3 weeks ago '04        #5
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Noooooo I used both Phoenix and Salts... If Exodus goes, what's left? Or even close to those?
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 3 weeks ago '05        #6
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 Ghostface k!lla said:
ZemTV, Phoenix and Salts are all unavailable as legal pressure mounts.
There's is nothing wrong with SALTS. It still works just fine. The current dev is moving on to other things and a new dev is taking over.
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 3 weeks ago '16        #7
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To many people up on it now
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 3 weeks ago '17        #8
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 quintosis03 said:
Y'all gave the game away by putting everyone on it. Now everyone suffers
Facts I got random ppl on my Facebook talking about this sh*t who aren't even tech savvy
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 3 weeks ago '12        #9
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I hope more people panic and leave. Shouldn't have let all these new a.ss people on game.
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 3 weeks ago '13        #10
pizzolini 2 heat pts
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It's the live streaming addons being sued by Dish, at least that's what I got out of it. This could be the beginning of the end
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 3 weeks ago '13        #11
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Here's that list

Phoenix (closed)
DOJO Streams (Closing)
F.t.f.a (closed)
Bamf (closed)
Zem (closed live tv) (VOD available)
Silent hunter (content moved to streamarmy)
Deliverence (closed)
Ccloud (speculation)
Salts (speculation)
One128 (closed)
Reaper (closed)
Cerburus (closed)
BOB (issues with NAN site it's not closed)
Zen (issues with NAN site it's not closed)
Just for him (closed)
Les be friends (closed)
Mpr0n (closed)
News12 (closed)
Skynet ( being phased out)
Evolve (live tv and sport gone. Rest working)
SRTVHUB (being taken over)
UK Turks (Live Streams Taken Down)
Vortex From Rockcrusher on Twitter @amWeaver0101 and myself are very saddened to announce that Vortex is now offline and will not be returning. Thanks for your support
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 3 weeks ago '16        #12
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 fame614 said:
Don't take exodus
Exodus already gave in. They are not updating the app anymore
 3 weeks ago '17        #13
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 pizzolini said:
Here's that list

Phoenix (closed)
DOJO Streams (Closing)
F.t.f.a (closed)
Bamf (closed)
Zem (closed live tv) (VOD available)
Silent hunter (content moved to streamarmy)
Deliverence (closed)
Ccloud (speculation)
Salts (speculation)
One128 (closed)
Reaper (closed)
Cerburus (closed)
BOB (issues with NAN site it's not closed)
Zen (issues with NAN site it's not closed)
Just for him (closed)
Les be friends (closed)
Mpr0n (closed)
News12 (closed)
Skynet ( being phased out)
Evolve (live tv and sport gone. Rest working)
SRTVHUB (being taken over)
UK Turks (Live Streams Taken Down)
Vortex From Rockcrusher on Twitter @amWeaver0101 and myself are very saddened to announce that Vortex is now offline and will not be returning. Thanks for your support

Damn, I legit don't use none of these
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 3 weeks ago '16        #14
Itsjustmefools 2 heat pts
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Mostly the devs are closing but the apps still work but they are not updating it anymore.

What they are going to do is hand it over to somebody overseas outside of USA juridiction to handle the apps and updates
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 3 weeks ago '05        #15
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:( phoenix was my ish and One242415*.
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 3 weeks ago '04        #16
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Yikes
 3 weeks ago '08        #17
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Most of the sports sh*t is fu*ked now too, used to be able to get any game or f!ght. Now it just fails to stream fu*king sh*t...
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 3 weeks ago '05        #18
white-chocolate 118 heat pts118
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prob doesn't really matter.. dev's will just make a new one with the other dev's.. same sh*t, different name
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 Soda Pop said:
Most of the sports sh*t is fu*ked now too, used to be able to get any game or f!ght. Now it just fails to stream fu*king sh*t...
this.. i thought i messed up something with the repo or it was because i was in Canada..
kind of sucks.. i want to cut off my cable and up my internet speed too but only thing i watch on cable is live sports..
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 3 weeks ago '05        #20
Micheal C. Will 14 heat pts14
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And this is why you keep few a alternatives in your back pocket....like private tracker sites, etc.

I don't use any of these add-ons but you just never know. But yea, the general population is starting to get wind of Kodi and it's capabilities...the feds are usually not to far behind.
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