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Dish Wins a Early Round in Its Lawsuit Against Third-Party Kodi Add-Ons

Channel Surfing ManRecently it was announced that Dish Network had started a lawsuit against the third-party Kodi add-on ZemTV and the third-party library site TVAddons. Dish is going after both for copyright infringement.

Now it seems that Dish has won the first round with a Texas Court agreeing to Dish Network’s request to unmask the owners of TVAddons and ZemTV. This means that sites such as Github, Google, Twitter, Facebook, and PayPal must turn over information on the owners.

According to this court order Google must hand over details on an email address believed to be tied to ZemTV along with all IP address logs. PayPal must turn over all details not only on the owners of the account but also on all debits and credits to the account for every transaction.

For now it seems that ZemTV and TVAddons have gone dark. The owner of ZemTV announced it was shutting down. TVAddons went dark over a week ago with no statement. It took offline not only its site but the Fusion repository that allowed anyone to download many Kodi builds including ZemTV.

This case is far from over, but this court order is a huge win for Dish in its efforts to stop many popular third-party Kodi add-ons. Add-ons that are not made by Kodi but third parties not related to the official Kodi team.


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17 Responses to Dish Wins a Early Round in Its Lawsuit Against Third-Party Kodi Add-Ons

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    Andrew Robinson June 22, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

    Doesnt anyone realize how illegal it is for dish network sue anyone over this? Dish network does not own the rights on any movies, or tv shows. This is the same equivalant as if they were trying to sue direct tv bc they have the same movies and shows. All these addon companies would have to do is file a countersuit.

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      Cord Cutters News June 22, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

      I didn’t address that concern in this story but I did in the last one. According to the lawsuit Dish can prove that this addon used a feed from Dish Network to stream. That would be fairly easy for them to prove if they think someone is doing that all they have to do is flash a water mark on the screen for a split second to short for humans to see but long enough for a computer to see it.

      If it is true that the addon used Dish Networks feed Dish would have legal standing and they do have the right to go after them. That is likely why this addon was picked because Dish thinks they can prove that they re-transmitted a feed from Dish.

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        Andrew Robinson June 22, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

        Dish doesnt have any feeds/movies/tv shows, that are theirs. The only thing you can get on tv that has a dish logo is a dish network commercial. None of their movie or tv channel feeds are their own. All their feeds are shared with all other major network platforms. Not even their ip address is their own.

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          Kravimir June 22, 2017 at 11:59 pm #

          Don’t cable/satellite companies have control over commercial breaks (for example to insert local advertisements)? Could they not flash a watermark then?

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            letsmow10 June 23, 2017 at 9:45 am #

            They have control over some commercial breaks for local ad insertion. They could insert a watermark any time they wanted to unless their agreement with a particular network prohibited it.

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          letsmow10 June 23, 2017 at 9:43 am #

          When Dish PAYS for the rights to the content it is then theirs under the contract agreement signed with the network who originally provided the content to Dish.

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            Andrew Robinson June 23, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

            No they still dont have the rights to it. If that was the case no other cable company would be allowed to show the same content. Cable companies have no rights to any of the content they show other than their own commercials. Ill have to find the article from a while back where dish tried to do this to a company before and lost bc the supreme court said they have no rights to any shows or movies bc they do not create or film the shows or movies.

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            letsmow10 June 23, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

            I would like to read that article so if you find it please post it. All cable companies pay networks for certain rights under their agreements. Just as networks have rights to certain shows under the agreements set between the networks and the actual content production company. I guess what I am trying to say is that Dish may not own the shows or programs in question but they do own the stream carrying that content and it is being transported on their network. That stream is theirs and should not be re-transmitted without they consent. I think that is what it is based on.

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        Slant420 June 25, 2017 at 6:52 am #

        they wouldn’t be using dish to use a feed (live) stream per se. Most likely it was someone who “recorded” said movie, etc. and just uploaded to a stream site.

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    Billy Pate June 22, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

    It’s the satellite TV’s (Dish Network, Direct tv cards again 2.0)!!!

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    Heather Parkman (Carolina) June 22, 2017 at 11:24 pm #

    Just a bunch of wealthy, sense of entitlement jerks trying to take away what many have found to be a reprieve from cable, satellite and movie theater costs. If their cost wasn’t so high and in my opinion, ridiculous, people wouldn’t be looking for another way to watch tv! They have to steal this from us too, like they do everything else!

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      Kravimir June 22, 2017 at 11:56 pm #

      Anyone else appreciate the strong irony of this comment?

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    Donald Olson July 22, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

    I know I will NOT be signing up with “Dish Network” anytime soon!

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    Sandra Gillanders July 26, 2017 at 9:47 pm #

    a bunch 0f rich idiots trying to get richer off the poor people and middle class people well let me tell you I wont pay your prices ridiculous

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    REM July 31, 2017 at 1:19 am #

    My advice boycott Dish and Sling TV.
    They’re getting paid billions from advertisers and they go after the little guy? TV should be free because they are already getting paid.

    Let them keep losing suscribers. Spread the word.

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    Ethan Sparrow August 1, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

    Dish is terminal…this a last, ineffective stand…

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    Paul Tatomir August 20, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

    just like napster and other downloading it wont end there will always around things like this, if they cut the prices down maybe like rogers i will not pay there price for basic cable i watch only 2 tv station out of 29 channels they have