Its been a tough time for Kodi and for a number of companies and add-ons associated with Media Centre Software. To be more specific the dispute with Dish Network recently.
Dish Network, American satellite and broadcast provider filed a lawsuit against the owner of TVAddons(the largest repository of third-party Kodi add-ons) and ZemTV(Kodi Addon) for copyright infringement by last September.
The Dish Network’ complaint: Adam Lackman (owner and operator of the site TVAddons) is from Canada and Shahjahan Durrani (the developer of ZemTV Kodi addon ) From London are accused of Copyright infringement.
TVAddons Stated that: TVAddons was not a private site, as it is developers platform of open source add-on for Kodi media center. As it is a community platform containing user-generated content, and they have acted in accordance with the law and swiftly complied whenever they received a DMCA notice. It is not possible to check whether every piece of information available is licensed by the website displaying it. That’s why the DCMA existence is critical. A lawsuit against a billion-dollar company with unlimited legal resources is not easy.
Due to the lack of resources, the ZemTV stopped to fight against the Dish network, but the TVAddon is didn’t stop. TVaddons had some of the top addons for kodi under their network. For the past several months both TVAddons and Dish network was ready to make the matter to a trail, but a few weeks before this dispute came to an end.
The dispute came to a settlement, both the parties signed a confidential agreement, and the Dish network dropped the case. The Lawsuit came to an end and is over now.
As the site and its founder had to lose a lot financially, the upside is quite obvious. The motivation of the dish is less too. Whether the Site may have agreed to pay for damages, it’s not clear, but it could be a factor.
The agreement terms remain undisclosed, but TVAddons said that”No data nor user information was exchanged”. As long as their site is available, they will maintain the compiled copyright law. However, they agreed to hasten DMCA process to resolve the issue in future.
As a result of the lawsuit settlement agreement, the TVAddon had accepted to remove and cease providing assistance for all the add-ons which retransmit any of the following channels: Aaj Tak, Aastha Bhajan, Aastha TV, ARY Digital, ARY News, B4U Movies and Music, Dunya TV, Express Entertainment, Express-News, Movies OK, Sahara One, Samay, Times Now and Zoom.
However, the TVAddon and ZemTV are not completely out of it. The Canadian Lawsuit has been filed by the Canadian telecoms giants is still on.