Witch-hunt for Kodi’s Add-ons Developers Continue

Recently I blogposted about problems that Kodi was having due to a lawsuit filed by Dish Network against TVAddns and Zem TV.  I thought it would be a small wrinkle in the streaming industry and soon it would be forgotten.  I was wrong.  Dish Networks continues to add pressure to oblivirate those digital developers infringing copyright regulations.

The District Court in Texas where Dish Network filed a complaint against Zem TV and TVAddons has granted subpoenas aimed at identifying the woners of those illegal websites hosting poisoned digital content outside the scope of the law.

In attempt to find out the identities of the users behind ZemTV and TV Addons, Dish Network requested, and was granted, subpoenas targeting Google, Twitter, Facebook, Paypal, Amazon and other hosting providers.

The complaint filed against TVAddons and Zem TV for copyright infringements carries a $150,000 fine for each offence.  ZemTV was shut down as soon as the original court complaint was filed.  TVAddons went offline on June 12, 2017. The news has forced some third-party developers to call it quits.  Unofficially, Kodi add-ons such as Phoenix and Evolve have been sent to the graveyard.  Most notably, TVAddons (Fusion’s central repo) is currently down.  Developers insist that abandoning their add-ons has nothing to do with the Dish Network lawsuit.

Kodi as a digital media player is legal.  So is the act of streaming content under federal laws.  When things gets blurry, is when third-party developers host paid content on their services that allow users to freely stream content (via unofficial addons) that would otherwise have to be paid for (Pay-Per-View).  This is already viewed as unauthorized streaming.  New federal laws may address this in the near future.  Let’s wait and see what happens next.

In the meantime you can stream your favorite contents from sources such as; Netflix, TubiTV, Crackle, PlutoTV YouTube, and others.

Exodus is still working.  The version on my Amazon Fire Stick is 3.1.16; however I understand that the latest version out there is 3.1.19.  So far I am not having any problems with my current version.  If, and when I do, then I would be forced to upgrade.  There is always the possibility that Exodus would also be forced to bite the dust as well.

Good Day!



2 thoughts on “Witch-hunt for Kodi’s Add-ons Developers Continue”

  1. Hola Omar,
    This has the feel of the past Napster music sharing controversy. Although Napster never owned any of the music content, the courts ruled against them which resulted in Napster being forced into bankruptcy. Netflix offered a documentary on file sharing titled Downloaded which included Napster’s actions.
    It seemed to me that it was only going to be a matter of time before the big companies came after KODI and the addons folks.

    1. Hola Jim and Nena:

      I remember very clearly what happened to Napster and its final demise. I’m afraid the same thing will happen to Kodi. Copyright infringements is a serious offense against those who create content paying enormous amounts of cash to make them happen. If they are left out of the cash distribution, who will care about to create anything for free? Nobody!

      I enjoy Kodi. If only they would organize into a legal corporation with all the content that they have, and charge a reasonable monthly subscription, I would jump on the bandwagon. Will they do it? I don’t know.

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