Texas
07 June 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Kodi add-on exodus


Zem TV and TVAddons have been sued for copyright infringement, piling yet more pressure on the controversial Kodi IPTV player.

Dish Network filed the copyright infringement complaint at the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas to stop “unlawful retransmissions of television channels exclusively licensed to Dish throughout the US”.

“The ZemTV service is retransmitting these channels over the internet to end-users that download the ZemTV add-on for the Kodi media player, which is available for download at the websites [of add-on repository TVAddons].”

It added: “The defendants profit from this scheme by encouraging ZemTV add-on users to make donations through Amazon or using PayPal.”

In May, TVAddons abandoned its own Navi-X add-on due to “the current legal climate surrounding Kodi”.

IPTV boxes, which can be loaded with players such as Kodi and other add-ons, were the subject of a Court of Justice of the EU ruling in April that effectively made selling ‘fully loaded’ versions that enable piracy illegal in the EU’s 28 markets.

Wary of potential lawsuits, several Kodi add-on developers have also shut down their operations, including Phoenix, which allows users to view live TV from both the US and the UK for free.

Cosmix, the developer of Phoenix, said that it would shut down the add on “in light of current events”.

“This is not something that was easy for us to do,” it said. “We have all formed a bond that cannot be broken as a team and have a huge support base that we are thankful for.”

Another Kodi add-on developer, Echo Coder, said he would also shut down all of his add-ons.

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