In a major landmark court order a California federal court this week ordered the makers of TickBox TV to remove pirate Kodi add-ons from devices that have already been sold.
This comes from a lawsuit filed by Amazon, Netflix, and several major Hollywood studios. The fight is over a so-called “Kodi Box,” which is one of many streaming devices that come preloaded with third-party Kodi add-ons that offer free access to movies and TV shows.
This is a landmark ruling because for the first time a US court has ordered that a seller must not only stop selling or promoting a device but is also ordering the seller to update the boxes to remove the infringing software.
This means people who already paid for their devices could soon find their box updated and their access to pirated content cut off. Many of these owners paid between $150 and $300 per device, depending on where they bought the device.
According to the court ruling, “TickBox shall issue an update to the TickBox launcher software to be automatically downloaded and installed onto any previously distributed TickBox TV device and to be launched when such device connects to the internet,” the injunction reads.
“Upon being launched, the update will delete the Subject [infringing] Software downloaded onto the device prior to the update, or otherwise cause the TickBox TV device to be unable to access any Subject Software downloaded onto or accessed via that device prior to the update.”
Many are looking at the TickBox TV lawsuit as a precedent-setting case in the United States. One that they hope can be used to go after other sellers of so-called “Kodi Boxes.” While this is still only an injunction and not a final ruling, all signs are pointing to a win for Netflix, Amazon, and several Hollywood studios.
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