BREIN has stopped 154 sellers of illegal media players since the CJEU’s decision in BREIN v German multimedia player distributer Filmspeler.
The CJEU ruled in April that any media player marketed and sold with pre-installed software allowing access to pirated content infringes the copyright owner’s distribution to the public right.
One provider that BREIN targeted is now liable for €10,000 after the anti-piracy agency obtained an ex-parte court order.
BREIN also targeted IPTV add-on developers and has settled with 10 people.
The settlements involve a withdrawal declaration, the removal of all uploads with a penalty payment and compensation for costs and damage. Settlements will “take into account the personal circumstances of the breach”. They can cost developers anywhere from €250 to €7,500.
Developers of IPTV add-ons have become targets since the CJEU’s ruling. Earlier this year, Zem TV and TVAddons, distributors for Kodi IPTV player add-ons, were sued for copyright infringement.
In May, TVAddons abandoned its own Navi-X add-on due to “the current legal climate surrounding Kodi”.
Several other Kodi add-on developers have already shut down their operations in light of the CJEU’s decision.