“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 www.tvaddons.ag and www.tvaddons.org,” Dish’s lawyers said in their complaint.
So why is Dish the one carrying out the lawsuit? Well in the United Sates ZemTV streamed content that Dish owned exclusive US rights to.
Last week TVAddons and ZemTV asked for the case to be dismissed, but the judge ruled that the case can continue.
Now it looks like ZemTV’s creator has decided to give up their defense citing a lack of funds to pay a lawyer.
“I don’t have enough resources to fight this case completely with four kids that I am raising and anything more I do will seem to be submitting to the US Courts which I am not going to do unless I have enough money to fight the case,” the developer wrote in an email to TorrentFreak.
Dish is now asking for a default judgment as, in their words, “To date, Durrani has not filed an answer or other responsive pleading or requested additional time to do so,” Dish’s motion reads. “Accordingly, the Clerk should enter a default against Durrani.”
Although the ZemTV creator has stopped his fight over the case, the owner of TVAddons is continuing his fight.
This case is also being closely watched by a growing list of media companies that see it as a test for possible future action against other Kodi add-on makers who give access to pirated content.
Other media companies have also started to target sellers of the so-called Kodi boxes that come preloaded with add-ons that help access pirated content. Many of them also sold their boxes promoting the pirated content.
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