Earlier this year Vader Streams shut down without warning and was rumored to be one of the largest IPTV services at the time. Now we learn that ACE the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment is suing Vadar Streams for $10 million and was the likely cause of Vader streams shutting down.
Vader Streams was an IPTV service that offered live access to 1,000+ TV channels for just $15 a month announced that they are shutting down. In an email sent to customers, Vader said “We have no choice but to close down Vader. We can’t reveal much publically, but by now some of you should know through the other means what happened.” The Vader team did let subscribers know they plan to protect their data.“We’re going to make sure, no Email, IP, account + reseller name goes to the wrong hands. Everything will be wiped clean and that’s all.” This is likely to try and prevent companies like Dish from suing subscribers as Dish has recently started to threaten.
Now ACE has announced a win in court against Vader Streams winning an injunction against Vadar Streams in the Federal Court in Canada. The Court also ordered Vader Streams to pay $10 million in damages.
“On behalf of all ACE members, I applaud the Court’s decision to permanently put an end to piracy operations conducted by Vader Streams,” said Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. “Actions like these can help reduce piracy and promote a dynamic, legal marketplace for creative content that provides audiences with more choices than ever before, while supporting millions of jobs in the film and television industry.”
The injunction issued by the Federal Court in Canada requires Vader Streams to:
- Cede administrative control over the entire Vader piracy infrastructure.
- Permanently cease and desist from developing, operating, promoting, or selling subscriptions to unauthorized or unlicensed piracy feeds of any kind.
- Permanently cease and desist from developing, updating, hosting, or promoting Kodi add-ons or repositories that enable access to pirated content.
“Today is a significant achievement for ACE in our ongoing efforts to protect the creative content of our members,” said Jan Van Voorn, Executive Vice President and Chief of Global Content Protection at the Motion Picture Association of America. “ACE is committed to an all-of-the-above approach to reduce the theft and illegal distribution of films and television programs. This enforcement action is one of the many legal and operational tools ACE deploys to protect the legitimate market for creative content.”
“This strong and appropriate action by the Federal Court is a clear demonstration that the Canadian legal system is prepared to take the necessary steps to combat content theft,” said Robert Malcolmson, Senior Vice President Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations, Bell Canada. “Illegal streaming services like Vader Streams cause serious harm to creators and distributors, the entire broadcasting and cultural sectors and ultimately Canadian consumers.”
This win for ACE comes as ACE has recently wan major court cases against Set TV, TickBox, and the Dragon Box to name a few.
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