In January 2018, Netflix, Amazon, and a long list of Hollywood studios sued the maker of the popular so-called “Kodi box” Dragon Box. The Dragon Box is an Android-powered streaming player that uses third-party Kodi add-ons to stream content to subscribers for free after you buy the box.
On the Dragon Box website, it proudly proclaims “No Monthly Bills. No Entertainment Costs” and goes on to say “One Box. Thousands of Channels” and ends with “Watch Your Favorites Any Time For Free.” The Dragon Box Plus with one-year subscription now on their website costs $629.99 or you can get the standard box for $349.99.
According to the lawsuit, Dragon Box has “over 250,000 customers in 50 states and 4 countries and growing” and “374 sellers” around the world.
Now both sides have announced that they have reached a settlement in the case. Details are still unknown because the Judge has yet to approve the deal, but Torrent Freak reports it likely includes a deal to stop all current and future infringement on their devices.
“Defendants respectfully notify the Court that the parties have agreed in principle to settle the above-entitled case,” attorney Matthew J. Faust writes.
“At this time, the parties are in the process of preparing a settlement agreement and intend to file the documents related to the final disposition of the case within the next few days,” he adds.
We have to wait and see what the Judge does before we fully close this story. This case will likely serve as a template to go after similar box sellers and already several have closed. Some box makers have even disabled all the boxes they sold via an update making the boxes some people spent over $300 for unusable.
Don’t expect this to be the end of lawsuits like this. We are likely just seeing the start of a new flood of piracy-related lawsuits.
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