Today Hollywood Studios, Amazon, and Netflix have won an early preliminary injunction against the TickBox TV a Kodi-powered streaming device. This box falls into a category many calls “Kodi Boxes” a device fully loaded with 3rd party Kodi-addons to stream TV content for free. Now a United States court has ordered the TickBox TV to stop including 3rd party pirate Kodi add-ons and stop all piracy-related advertisements.
This is a big early win for Hollywood Studios, Amazon, and Netflix in their efforts to put a stop to so-called Kodi Boxes that promises free access to movies, TV shows, and more for a one time cost of the device.
US District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald said in the preliminary injunction “There is ample evidence that, at least prior to Plaintiffs’commencement of this action, TickBox explicitly advertised the Device as a means to accessing unauthorized versions of copyrighted audiovisual content.”
Many have argued that the Tickbox is no different than a computer that you could add pirated content to. Yet the Judge seems to be looking at how the box was marketed and the fact that it came preloaded with piracy content.
Now the case is far from over but this is a major early win for the plaintiffs. This was the first lawsuit of this type in the United States because the defendants are located within the United States. If it goes the way of the major studios this suit will likely not be the last. Often studios try to find a case they think is the most winnable to set a precedent and from there they can go after others.
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