Back in October 2017 Netflix, Amazon, and others sued TickBox a popular so-called “Kodi-Box” for copyright infringement. These “Kodi boxes” are typically Android-powered streaming players with Kodi and third-party add-ons installed. Many of them are advertised as great ways to get free movies and TV shows that you would typically have to pay for. Now the owners behind the TickBox have agreed to pay $25 million to settle the lawsuit for copyright infringement.
“TickBox and many other piracy devices and streaming apps are a threat to the millions of creators around the world who make films and television shows,” ACE said in a statement. “Today’s stipulated judgment and permanent injunction is a significant victory for ACE and the creative community, ensuring TickBox will no longer sell illegal access to pirated movie and television content.”
“The film and television industry supports 2.1 million U.S. jobs, and our highest priority is protecting this creative economy from illegal online theft,” MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin said in a statement. “We applaud the stipulated permanent injunction against TickBox, which is an important milestone for the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) and the global effort to reduce online piracy. This action bolsters the legal digital marketplace, champions creators, and benefits audiences everywhere.”
Already many “Kodi-Box” sellers have started to shut down or go underground to avoid lawsuits. This was the first lawsuit of this type in the United States because the defendants are located within the United States. Look for other “Kodi-Box” sellers to face similar lawsuits now that this one was successful.
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