Kodi - TVAddons Trouble
The once-popular Kodi addon repository TVAddons is in serious trouble.
22:11 23 August 2017
TVAddons, the unofficial source for addons to legal streaming service Kodi, is facing a lawsuit brought forward by Canadian telecommunications firms, namely Bell Canada, Videotron and Rogers, which goal is to wipe the website off the face of the internet.
The complaint against the website and its owner, Adam Lackman, was first filed in June this year. The companies said that by providing links and promoting access to Kodi addons, Lackman was personally infringing their copyright.
Lackman confirmed that a search and seizure took place at his home for roughly 16 hours. He also underwent a long interrogation and his personal computer was seized, as well as domain names and accounts unrelated to TVAddons.
"TVAddons is an unofficial Kodi add-on development site, it does not host nor link to any type of protected content," the organization says. "It was contended that out of the 1500+ addons indexed on TVAddons, less than one percent were what the plaintiffs considered to be allegedly 'infringing.'"
However, it seems that the law enforcement went too far and did not issue a takedown notice as required by law. Later on, the court found that Anton Pillar order and interrogation have breached the website’s operator’s rights. As a result, the injunction was denied and TVAddons was allowed to continue on as normal.