We Now Know What Happened to TVAddons (Canadian Cable Companies Sized It)




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We finally know who is behind the popular third-party Kodi add-on site TVAddons and what happened to the site. Adam Lackman a Canadian resident, today posted an update on his site TVaddons.

According to a story and an Adam Lackman Indiegogo fundraiser here is what happened.

What Happened When TVAddons Went Dark

On June 12, Adam Lackman, the owner of TVAddons, was the subject of an Anton Pillar order in Canada. Anton Pillar orders are meant to preserve evidence in civil lawsuits. During the execution of the order, an independent (neutral) counsel overseeing the lawsuit, performed a search and seizure of Adam’s premises that lasted a total of 16 hours. His personal computer and other belongings were seized including domain names and social media accounts that weren’t even related to TV Addons. This all happened after a Canadian court approved the Anton Pillar request.

Lackman was interrogated for nine hours and the domain names behind TVAddons had been seized by the law firm behind the Anton Pillar order.

On appeal, Lackman won an order to have everything returned to him; however, Canadian cable companies appealed that ruling and won allowing them to keep everything they took from Lackman.

So in Summary

Well the short end is TVAddons is being sued in the United States and in Canada. According to Lackman he has already had $75,000 in legal fees and is now looking to raise $250,000 to help pay his bills.

As of today the Canadian government’s appointed neutral law firm has control of all TVAddons domains, computers, and any other files they seized in the search of Lackman’s property.

According to the Canadian cable companies, they are going after TVAddons because “Approximately 40 million unique users located around the world are actively using Infringing Addons hosted by TVAddons every month, and approximately 900,000 Canadian households use Infringing Add-ons to access television content. The amount of users of Infringing Addons hosted [by] TVAddons is constantly increasing,” the complaint adds.

No date has been set for the next court hearing. For now the last court appeal allows the Canadian law firm to keep everything they found during the search of Lackman’s property until the nex hearing. This raises the question if they will someday share that information with the U.S. court case brought on by Dish Network.

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