Piracy lawsuits spark Kodi add on exodus as operators fear legal action

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Two popular Kodi add ons are being sued in a federal court in Texas over copyright infringement, in what is the latest blow for the online streaming community.

Last week, third party add ons Zem TV and TVAddons library were the subject of a complaint by American satellite and broadcast provider Dish Network.

Dish Network argues that its content is being live streamed for free via the Kodi ad ons and is demanding $150,000 per copyright infringement, Torrent Freak reported.

“The ZemTV service is retransmitting these channels over the internet to end-users that download the ZemTV add-on for the Kodi media player, which is available for download at the websites [of add-on repository TVAddons].”

The defendant’s profit from this scheme by encouraging ZemTV add-on users to make donations through Amazon or using PayPal.”

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The news of the lawsuit will likely have sent shock waves throughout the Kodi add on community, and is thought to be the reason behind the sudden closure of the popular Phoenix add on which shut down last week.

“In light of current events we have decided to close down Phoenix. This is not something that was easy for us to do; we have all formed a bond that cannot be broken as a team and have a HUGE support base that we are thankful of,” a representative for the Phoenix add on said

While the developers of Phoenix did not give a specific reason behind its sudden closure, it could be that after seeing the operators of Zem TV on the receiving end of legal action, they wanted to avoid their own lawsuit, which would have had the potential to run into millions of dollars.

Meanwhile, another Kodi add on, EchoCoder has also shut down.

“Thank you for the last year. My addons are now off-line. Its been emotional. Take care,” the developer behind EchoCode wrote.

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