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      🔥⭐️👊 THE BEAST 17.4 APK IS HERE ! 👊🏼⭐️🔥   08/29/2017

      🔥⭐️👊 THE BEAST 17.4 APK IS HERE ! 👊🏼⭐️🔥 Thats right people, The new Beast for Kodi 17.4 has landed and is totally awesome and packed with all working adding for your enjoyment. Again we have to than @ChrisB for this magnificent build, @Tech Timeruuu for our wizards and for this build our man is back @XportsTV who compiled the APK for us. The VIDEO GUIDE for this is near the bottom of this post.   HOW TO INSTALL THE LATEST BEAST Register at https://thebeast1.com (UK Server) or https://thebeast2.com (US Server) Add a username, email address and password then click Register After the registration notification appears "Thank you for registering with us. Please  log in to continue." select  log in Enter the email password you used in the first step and click Log in You'll see the Name you chose, your chosen email, and verify. Select Verify –  DO NOT MISS THIS PART You will see weather icons. Wait for it to end. Log in for the last time: If you see  VERIFIED next to your chosen email, you've registered successfully. You  WILL NOT receive any emails. That has not been in place for months. Registration Complete, Open Kodi to Install the Latest BEAST update for KODI 16/17 -From KODI Home Screen > Add-ons > Settings (Gear symbol), top left
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       > Add Source. Select None Type the following  EXACTLY http://thebeast1.com/repo/ and select Done OR For the USA source please use http://thebeast2.com/repo – but you must sign up at http://thebeast2.com for this (If one doesn't work, try the other, but you must register and enter the same one) Highlight the box underneath that says repo, clear it and type beast & Select OK Go back to your Home Screen Add-Ons > Click Open box in top left corner (Add-on Browser)  Select Install from zip file Select The Beast or whatever name you typed. Select  repository.beast Select repository.beast-xxx.zip *(where xxx is the version number)* Go back and select install from repository and choose The Beast Repository Go to Program add-ons and select either  The Beast Wizard U.K. or  The Beast Wizard U.S. depending on where you are. After making your selection click  Install The Beast Wizard pop up will greet you with a message and an option to the  Build Menu Click on  Build Menu You will need to enter your email and password you just created by clicking on  Enter Details Select the build you wish to install from this wizard -Make sure to chose Most Recent Dated Build Click where it says  CLICK TO UPDATE Click  Yes, Install The Beast will start to download After the download completes the build will start extracting. After extraction just click OK and click on Yes, Close. launch Kodi, wait 1-3 minutes for build to finish updating. As always please like this video and subscribe to my channel to keep bringing you awesome videos. Official site: http://streamhelp.org
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      🔥🔥 THE ROYALIST SEPTEMBER 7th (KodiTalk & StreamHelp's) VERY OWN BUILD IS OUT NOW! FOR KODI 17.3 AND 17.4 🔥🔥   09/06/2017

      🔥🔥 THE ROYALIST SEPTEMBER 7th (KodiTalk & StreamHelp's) 🔥🔥 🔥🔥 VERY OWN BUILD IS OUT NOW! FOR KODI 17.3 AND 17.4 🔥🔥 Thats right people, The new Royalist Build for Kodi 17.3 and  Kodi 17.4 has now been UPDATED and is totally awesome and packed with all working addons for your enjoyment. Again we have to thank @Tech Timeruuu for this magnificent build and all our wizards.  The VIDEO GUIDE for this is near the bottom of this post.   HOW TO INSTALL THE LATEST ROYALIST BUILD Register at https://thebeast1.com (UK Server) or https://thebeast2.com (US Server) Add a username, email address and password then click Register After the registration notification appears "Thank you for registering with us. Please  log in to continue." select  log in Enter the email password you used in the first step and click Log in You'll see the Name you chose, your chosen email, and verify. Select Verify –  DO NOT MISS THIS PART You will see weather icons. Wait for it to end. Log in for the last time: If you see  VERIFIED next to your chosen email, you've registered successfully. You  WILL NOT receive any emails. That has not been in place for months. Registration Complete, Open Kodi to Install the Latest BEAST update for KODI 16/17 -From KODI Home Screen > Add-ons > Settings (Gear symbol), top left
       >Enable Unknown Sources. BACK to KODI HOME screen > Settings (Gear Symbol), top left 
       > File Manager 
       > Add Source. Select None Type the following  EXACTLY http://thebeast1.com/repo/ and select Done OR For the USA source please use http://thebeast2.com/repo – but you must sign up at http://thebeast2.com for this (If one doesn't work, try the other, but you must register and enter the same one) Highlight the box underneath that says repo, clear it and type beast & Select OK Go back to your Home Screen Add-Ons > Click Open box in top left corner (Add-on Browser)  Select Install from zip file Select The Beast or whatever name you typed. Select  repository.beast Select repository.beast-xxx.zip *(where xxx is the version number)* Go back and select install from repository and choose The Beast Repository Go to Program add-ons and select either  The Beast Wizard U.K. or  The Beast Wizard U.S. depending on where you are. After making your selection click  Install The Beast Wizard pop up will greet you with a message and an option to the  Build Menu Click on  Build Menu You will need to enter your email and password you just created by clicking on  Enter Details Select the build you wish to install from this wizard -Make sure to chose Most Recent Dated Build Click where it says  CLICK TO UPDATE Click  Yes, Install The Royalist will start to download After the download completes the build will start extracting. After extraction just click OK and click on Yes, Close. launch Kodi, wait 1-3 minutes for build to finish updating. THE ROYALIST INSTALL VIDEO GUIDE      As always please like this video and subscribe to my channel to keep bringing you awesome videos. Official site: http://streamhelp.org
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      🔥⭐️👊 THE BEAST OCTOBER 19th UPDATE FOR KODI 17+ IS NOW IN OUR WIZARD 👊🏼⭐️🔥   10/18/2017

      🔥⭐️👊 THE BEAST OCTOBER 19th UPDATE  FOR KODI 17+ IS NOW IN OUR WIZARD 👊🏼⭐️🔥   Thats right people, The  Beast for all versions of Kodi 17 has now been UPDATED yet again for you all, and is totally awesome and packed with all working addons.  This release gets rid of all the addons that have stoped working or has updated the addons that no longer worked and Chris has done a fantastic job on this release yet again for us all. Again we have to thank @ChrisB for all his work in bringing us this magnificent build, @Tech Timeruuu for our wizards (what would we do without him eh?) 🇺🇸👍. We now have updates for all our builds 17.3 and 17.4 in our wizards including our forums own build The Royalist. As I have said before PLEASE remember that Addon's come and go and somedays work and other days not as this is the world of Kodi and it seems its going to be like this for a while as the powers try their best to stop us doing what we do best. As of today all addons on the new release are working 100% but we all know things change and this is another reason why we do our best and keep updating so you all have the latest working addons for your enjoyment. Remember GUYS n GALS We make this free of charge and don’t like accepting donations either. All we ask is that you please click on a few ads here and on one of The BEAST sites to help with our growing server costs   So on with the install people and enjoy The Best Build. The VIDEO GUIDE for this is near the bottom of this post, It is the same video as the official October release. All you need to do if you are a new to our builds is at the end install the latest dated version of the build that you can see in our wizard. HOW TO INSTALL THE LATEST BEAST Register at https://thebeast1.com (UK Server) or https://thebeast2.com (US Server) Add a username, email address and password then click Register PLEASE NOTE when you are registering only use letters and numbers ( apart from the @ in your email ) and do not use any symbols what so ever like ( !#$%^&*()_+?>< ). After the registration notification appears "Thank you for registering with us. Please  log in to continue." select  log in Enter the email password you used in the first step and click Log in You'll see the Name you chose, your chosen email, and verify. Select Verify –  DO NOT MISS THIS PART You will see weather icons. Wait for it to end. Log in for the last time: If you see  VERIFIED next to your chosen email, you've registered successfully. You  WILL NOT receive any emails. That has not been in place for months. Registration Complete, Open Kodi to Install the Latest BEAST update for KODI 16/17 -From KODI Home Screen > Add-ons > Settings (Gear symbol), top left
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  1. What Actually Happened to Our Original Domain Names (TV ADDONS and XBMC HUB) There appears to be a bit of misinformation spreading online (mostly in UK tabloids that are owned by the same media companies who are suing everybody). Certain people are under the impression that our user data and infrastructure may has been compromised. We’re hearing rumours that our original domain names are being “used by a law firm to spy on users.” This is simply false! There is nothing to worry about, in fact we hope that we have proven to everyone that we will do everything possible to protect our users privacy. The most important thing to note is that a court judgement already said that our domains were unlawfully seized, and that everything should be returned to us. The only reason why they haven’t been returned is because: everyone has the right to an appeal. They initiated the appeal for the sole intention of delaying the return of our property. It is very unlikely that they win an appeal, after having been found to have acted unlawfully and violated our founder’s rights. Now onto the subject of the law firm that is now marked as a registrant on the domains. This law firm that is holding our domains is not the law firm who is suing us. They are what is called an independent counsel, or neutral party. They have a legal obligation to protect our property at all cost, and prevent anyone (especially the law firm who is suing is) from gaining access to them. The law firm who is holding them is doing nothing more than protecting our property until the time that it will finally be returned after the appeal takes place. As for the idea that a law firm could use the domains to monitor users. They are not the police, private companies cannot setup sting operations against private individuals using backdoors. Furthermore, the idea that the court would allow them to execute code on users’ devices without their consent, is a bit farfetched as well. And this is not comparable to when rightsholders monitor torrent sites, because they do that through public means without needing any backdoors, which is why they can legally monitor that way. Lastly, for those who seem to think that our founder is giving up people’s information. He was always the person who was by far the most concerned about Kodi user privacy and security. He did not have allowed himself to know the true identities of anyone in the community. He constantly reminded the entire community about his views on privacy and security. And if you still aren’t convinced, ask yourself why there would be stories in the news about his human rights being violated if he was giving up people’s private information to entities in secret. We have the law on our side, we always obeyed copyright regulations as required. We will beat any frivolous lawsuits brought against us, assuming we aren’t forced to give up due to lack of financial resources beforehand. We understand that most people can’t afford to donate, which is fine, but please help us rebuild by sharing our new site address on social media and by visiting our web site and discussion forums often. If you read until this point, you deserve to know that we have the next generation of Kodi addons in the works, addons that will change the way people scrape content online. We aren’t going anywhere, the best is yet to come. We built this community from nothing and look what it became. Right now we are way further ahead than when we started years ago, we’ll continue to innovate and become bigger than ever, believe that. As for the return of the tvaddons.ag and xbmchub.com domain names, it won’t be until their appeal can be heard, which could take between 8-15 months, meaning by the time we get them back they’ll be useless. Facebook is one of the most popular sites on the net, if it was down for 8 months, would you keep trying to access it? And our little community is definitely not Facebook. Thank You 🙂 And Have A Great Day. The Mixdoctor Team Member of koditalk.org
  2. Dish Network has identified the people behind the TVAddons website and the ZemTV Kodi addon. The company submitted an amended complaint in a Texas District Court where the two stand accused of copyright infringement. TVAddons, however, maintains its innocence and sees the case as a threat to online innovation. Earlier this year, American satellite and broadcast provider Dish Network targeted two well-known players in the third-party Kodi add-on ecosystem. In a complaint filed in a federal court in Texas, add-on ZemTV and the TVAddons library were accused of copyright infringement. As a result, both are facing up to $150,000 for each offense. Initially, the true identities of the defendants unknown and listed as John Does, but an amended complaint that was submitted yesterday reveal their alleged names and hometowns. The Texas court previously granted subpoenas which allowed Dish to request information from the defendants’ accounts on services including Amazon, Github, Google, Twitter, Facebook and PayPal, which likely helped with the identification. According to Dish ZemTV was developed by Shahjahan Durrani, who’s based in London, UK. He allegedly controlled and maintained the addon which was used to stream infringing broadcasts of Dish content. “Durrani developed the ZemTV add-on and managed and operated the ZemTV service. Durrani used the aliases ‘Shani’ and ‘Shani_08′ to communicate with users of the ZemTV service,” the complaint reads. The owner and operator of TVAddons is listed as Adam Lackman, who resides in Montreal, Canada. This doesn’t really come as a surprise, since Lackman is publicly listed as TVAddons’ owner on Linkedin and was previously named in a Canadian lawsuit. While both defendants are named, the allegations against them haven’t changed substantially. Both face copyright infringement charges and potentially risk millions of dollars in damages. Durrani directly infringed Dish’s copyrights by making the streams available, the plaintiffs note. Lackman subsequently profited from this and failed to take any action in response. “Lackman had the legal right and actual ability to supervise and control this infringing activity because Lackman made the ZemTV add-on, which is necessary to access the ZemTV service, available for download on his websites. “Lackman refused to take any action to stop the infringement of DISH’s exclusive rights in the programs transmitted through the ZemTV service,” the complaint adds. TorrentFreak spoke to a TVAddons representative who refutes the copyright infringement allegations. The website sees itself as a platform for user-generated content and cites the DMCA’s safe harbor as a defense. “TV ADDONS is not a piracy site, it’s a platform for developers of open source add-ons for the Kodi media center. As a community platform filled with user-generated content, we have always acted in accordance with the law and swiftly complied whenever we received a DMCA takedown notice.” The representative states that it will be very difficult for them to defend themselves against a billion dollar company with unlimited resources, but hopes that the site will prevail. The new TVAddons After the original TVAddons.ag domain was seized in the Canadian lawsuit the site returned on TVaddons.co. However, hundreds of allegedly infringing add-ons are no longer listed. The site previously relied on the DMCA to shield it from liability but apparently, that wasn’t enough. As a result, they now check all submitted add-ons carefully. “Since complying with the law is clearly not enough to prevent frivolous legal action from being taken against you, we have been forced to implement a more drastic code vetting process,” the TVAddons representative says. If it’s not entirely clear that an add-on is properly licensed, it won’t be submitted for the time being. This hampers innovation, according to TVAddons, and threatens many communities that rely on user-generated content. “When you visit any given web site, how can you be certain that every piece of media you see is licensed by the website displaying it? You can assume, but it’s very difficult to be certain. That’s why the DMCA is critical to the existence of online communities.” Now that both defendants have been named the case will move forward. This may eventually lead to an in-depth discovery process where Dish will try to find more proof that both were knowingly engaging in infringing activity. Durrani and Lackman, on the other hand, will try to prove their innocence. A copy of the amended complaint is available here (pdf). Thank You 🙂 And Have A Great Day. The Mixdoctor Team Member of koditalk.org
  3. TVAddons: A Law Firm is Not Spying on Our Kodi Users Earlier this year, domains owned by third-party Kodi addon platform TVAddons were transferred to a law firm. This prompted concerns, in what was then an information black hole, that something nefarious was underway. While it’s clear today that isn’t the case, some users refuse to be convinced while others seem happy to throw fuel on the fire. A few months ago, TVAddons was without doubt the leading repository for third-party Kodi addons. During March, the platform had 40 million unique users connected to the site’s servers, together transferring a petabyte of addons and updates. In June, however, things started to fall apart. After news broke that the site was being sued in a federal court in Texas, TVAddons disappeared. It was assumed these events were connected but it later transpired the platform was being used in Canada as well, and that was the true reason for the downtime. While it’s easy to be wise after the event, in hindsight it might’ve been better for the platform to go public about the Canadian matter quite a bit sooner than it did. Of course, there are always legal considerations that prevent early disclosure, but when popular sites disappear into a black hole, two plus two can quickly equal five when fed through the web’s rumor machine. Things weren’t helped in July when it was discovered that the site’s former domains had been handed over to a Canada-based law firm. Again, no official explanation was forthcoming and again, people became concerned. If this had been a plaintiff’s law firm, people would’ve had good reason to worry, since it would have been technically possible to spy on TVAddons’ users. However, as the truth began to filter out and court papers became available, it soon became crystal clear that simply wasn’t the case. The bottom line, which is backed up by publicly available court papers, is that the law firm holding the old TVAddons domains is not the law firm suing TVAddons. Instead, it was appointed by the court to hold TVAddons’ property until the Canadian lawsuit is brought to a conclusion, whenever that might be. “They have a legal obligation to protect our property at all cost, and prevent anyone (especially the law firm who is suing is) from gaining access to them,” saysTVAddons. “The law firm who is holding them is doing nothing more than protecting our property until the time that it will finally be returned after the appeal takes place.” Unfortunately, assurances provided by TVAddons and information published by the court itself hasn’t been enough to stop some people fearing the worst. While the facts have plenty of support on Twitter and Facebook, there also appears to be an element who would like to see TVAddons fail in its efforts to re-establish itself. Only time will tell who will win that battle but in the meantime, TVAddons has tried to cover all the bases in an update post on its blog. Thank You And Have A Great Day. The Mixdoctor Team Member of koditalk.org
  4. http://endlessflix.co.uk/download-plexus-kodi-using-tv-addons-repo/
  5. 🔥THE FULL STORY 🔥TVAddons Returns, But in Ugly War WithTelcos Over Kodi Addons Bell Canada, TVA, Videotron, and Rogers are collectively suing Kodi addon repository TVAddons, TorrentFreak can reveal. The lawsuit targets TVAddons’ operator for the alleged unlawful distribution of Kodi software addons. It’s fair to say that thus far, this process has revealed some of the most shocking abuses of power ever seen in an online copyright infringement case. After Dish Network filed a lawsuit against TVAddons in Texas, several high-profile Kodi addons took the decision to shut down. Soon after, TVAddons itself went offline. In the weeks that followed, several TVAddons-related domains were signed over (1,2) to a Canadian law firm, a mysterious situation that didn’t dovetail well with the US-based legal action. TorrentFreak can now reveal that the shutdown of TVAddons had nothing to do with the US action and everything to do with a separate lawsuit filed in Canada. The complaint against TVAddons Two months ago on June 2, a collection of Canadian telecoms giants including Bell Canada, Bell ExpressVu, Bell Media, Videotron, Groupe TVA, Rogers Communications and Rogers Media, filed a complaint in Federal Court against Montreal resident, Adam Lackman, the man behind TVAddons. The 18-page complaint details the plaintiffs’ case against Lackman, claiming that he communicated copyrighted TV shows including Game of Thrones, Prison Break, The Big Bang Theory, America’s Got Talent, Keeping Up With The Kardashians and dozens more, to the public in breach of copyright. The key claim is that Lackman achieved this by developing, hosting, distributing or promoting Kodi add-ons. Adam Lackman, the man behind TVAddons (@adam.lackman on Instagram) A total of 18 major add-ons are detailed in the complaint including 1Channel, Exodus, Phoenix, Stream All The Sources, SportsDevil, cCloudTV and Alluc, to name a few. Also under the spotlight is the ‘FreeTelly’ custom Kodi build distributed by TVAddons alongside its Kodi configuration tool, Indigo. “[The defendant] has made the [TV shows] available to the public by telecommunication in a way that allows members of the public to have access to them from a place and at a time individually chosen by them…consequently infringing the Plaintiffs’ copyright…in contravention of sections 2.4(1.1), 3(1)(f) and 27(1) of the Copyright Act,” the complaint reads. The complaint alleges that Lackman “induced and/or authorized users” of the FreeTelly and Indigo tools to carry out infringement by his handling and promotion of infringing add-ons, including through TVAddons.ag and Offshoregit.com, in contravention of sections 3(1)(f) and 27(1) of the Copyright Act. “Approximately 40 million unique users located around the world are actively using Infringing Addons hosted by TVAddons every month, and approximately 900,000 Canadian households use Infringing Add-ons to access television content. The amount of users of Infringing add-ons hosted TVAddons is constantly increasing,” the complaint adds. To limit the harm allegedly caused by TVAddons, the complaint asked for interim, interlocutory, and permanent injunctions restraining Lackman and associates from developing, promoting or distributing any of the allegedly infringing add-ons or software. On top, the plaintiffs requested punitive and exemplary damages, plus costs. The interim injunction and Anton Piller Order Following the filing of the complaint, on June 9 the Federal Court handed down a time-limited interim injunction against Lackman which restrained him from various activities in respect of TVAddons. The process took place ex parte, meaning in secret, without Lackman being able to mount a defense. The Court also authorized a bailiff and computer forensics experts to take control of Internet domains including TVAddons.ag and Offshoregit.com plus social media and hosting provider accounts for a period of 14 days. These were transferred to Daniel Drapeau at DrapeauLex, an independent court-appointed supervising counsel. The order also contained an Anton Piller order, a civil search warrant that grants plaintiffs no-notice permission to enter a defendant’s premises in order to secure and copy evidence to support their case, before it can be destroyed or tampered with. The order covered not only data related to the TVAddons platform, such as operating and financial details, revenues, and banking information, but everything in Lackman’s possession. The Court ordered the telecoms companies to inform Lackman that the case against him is a civil proceeding and that he could deny entry to his property if he wished. However, that option would put him in breach of the order and would place him at risk of being fined or even imprisoned. Catch 22 springs to mind. The Court did, however, put limits on the number of people that could be present during the execution of the Anton Piller order (ostensibly to avoid intimidation) and ordered the plaintiffs to deposit CAD$50,000 with the Court, in case the order was improperly executed. That decision would later prove an important one. The search and interrogation of TVAddons’ operator On June 12, the order was executed and Lackman’s premises were searched for more than 16 hours. For nine hours he was interrogated and effectively denied his right to remain silent since non-cooperation with an Anton Piller order amounts to contempt of court. The Court’s stated aim of not intimidating Lackman failed. The TVAddons operator informs TorrentFreak that he heard a disturbance in the hallway outside and spotted several men hiding on the other side of the door. Fearing for his life, Lackman called the police and when they arrived he opened the door. At this point, the police were told by those in attendance to leave, despite Lackman’s protests. Once inside, Lackman was told he had an hour to find a lawyer, but couldn’t use any electronic device to get one. Throughout the entire day, Lackman says he was reminded by the plaintiffs’ lawyer that he could be held in contempt of court and jailed, even though he was always cooperating. “I had to sit there and not leave their sight. I was denied access to medication,” Lackman told TorrentFreak. “I had a doctor’s appointment I was forced to miss. I wasn’t even allowed to call and cancel.” In papers later filed with the court by Lackman’s team, the Anton Piller order was described as a “bombe atomique” since TVAddons had never been served with so much as a copyright takedown notice in advance of this action. The Anton Piller controversy Anton Piller orders are only valid when passing a three-step test: when there is a strong prima facie case against the respondent, the damage – potential or actual – is serious for the applicant, and when there is a real possibility that evidence could be destroyed. For Bell Canada, Bell ExpressVu, Bell Media, Videotron, Groupe TVA, Rogers Communications and Rogers Media, serious problems emerged on at least two of these points after the execution of the order. For example, TVAddons carried more than 1,500 add-ons yet only 1% of those add-ons were considered to be infringing, a tiny number in the overall picture. Then there was the not insignificant problem with the exchange that took place during the hearing to obtain the order, during which Lackman was not present. Clearly, the securing of existing evidence wasn’t the number one priority. Plaintiffs: We want to destroy TVAddons And the problems continued. No right to remain silent, no right to consult a lawyer The Anton Piller search should have been carried out between 8am and 8pm but actually carried on until midnight. As previously mentioned, Adam Lackman was effectively denied his right to remain silent and was forbidden from getting advice from his lawyer. None of this sat well with the Honourable B. Richard Bell during a subsequent Federal Court hearing to consider the execution of the Anton Piller order. “It is important to note that the Defendant was not permitted to refuse to answer questions under fear of contempt proceedings, and his counsel was not permitted to clarify the answers to questions. I conclude unhesitatingly that the Defendant was subjected to an examination for discovery without any of the protections normally afforded to litigants in such circumstances,” the Judge said. “Here, I would add that the ‘questions’ were not really questions at all. They took the form of orders or directions. For example, the Defendant was told to ‘provide to the bailiff’ or ‘disclose to the Plaintiffs’ solicitors’.” Evidence preservation? More like a fishing trip But shockingly, the interrogation of Lackman went much, much further. TorrentFreak understands that the TVAddons operator was given a list of 30 names of people that might be operating sites or services similar to TVAddons. He was then ordered to provide all of the information he had on those individuals. Of course, people tend to guard their online identities so it’s possible that the information provided by Lackman will be of limited use, but Judge Bell was not happy that the Anton Piller order was abused by the plaintiffs in this way. “I conclude that those questions, posed by Plaintiffs’ counsel, were solely made in furtherance of their investigation and constituted a hunt for further evidence, as opposed to the preservation of then existing evidence,” he wrote in a June 29 order. But he was only just getting started. Plaintiffs unlawfully tried to destroy TVAddons before trial The Judge went on to note that from their own mouths, the Anton Piller order was purposely designed by the plaintiffs to completely shut down TVAddons, despite the fact that only a tiny proportion of the add-ons available on the site were allegedly used to infringe copyright. “I am of the view that [the order’s] true purpose was to destroy the livelihood of the Defendant, deny him the financial resources to finance a defense to the claim made against him, and to provide an opportunity for discovery of the Defendant in circumstances where none of the procedural safeguards of our civil justice system could be engaged,” Judge Bell wrote. As noted, plaintiffs must also have a “strong prima facie case” to obtain an Anton Piller order but Judge Bell says he’s not convinced that one exists. Instead, he praised the “forthright manner” of Lackman, who successfully compared the ability of Kodi addons to find content in the same way as Google search can. So why the big turn around? Judge Bell said that while the prima facie case may have appeared strong before the judge who heard the matter ex parte (without Lackman being present to defend himself), the subsequent adversarial hearing undermined it, to the point that it no longer met the threshold. As a result of these failings, Judge Bell declared the Anton Piller order unlawful. Things didn’t improve for the plaintiffs on the injunction front either. The Judge said that he believes that Lackman has “an arguable case” that he is not violating the Copyright Act by merely providing addons and that TVAddons is his only source of income. So, if an injunction to close the site was granted, the litigation would effectively be over, since the plaintiffs already admitted that their aim was to neutralize the platform. If the platform was neutralized, Lackman could no longer earn money from the site, which would harm his ability to mount a defense. “In considering the balance of convenience, I also repeat that the plaintiffs admit that the vast majority of add-ons are non-infringing. Whether the remaining approximately 1% are infringing is very much up for debate. For these reasons, I find the balance of convenience favors the defendant, and no interlocutory injunction will be issued,” the Judge declared. With the Anton Piller order declared unlawful and no interlocutory injunction (one effective until the final determination of the case) handed down, things were about to get worse for the telecoms companies. They had paid CAD$50,000 to the court in security in case things went wrong with the Anton Piller order, so TVAddons was entitled to compensation from that amount. That would be helpful, since at this point TVAddons had already run up CAD$75,000 in legal expenses. On top, the Judge told independent counsel to give everything seized during the Anton Piller search back to Lackman. The order to return items previously seized But things were far from over. Within days, the telecoms companies took the decision to the Court of Appeal, asking for a stay of execution (a delay in carrying out a court order) to retain possession of items seized, including physical property, domains, and social media accounts. Mid-July the appeal was granted and certain confidentiality clauses affecting independent counsel (including Daniel Drapeau, who holds the TVAddons’ domains) were ordered to be continued. However, considering the problems with the execution of the Anton Piller order, Bell Canada, TVA, Videotron and Rogers et al, were ordered to submit an additional security bond of CAD$140,000, on top of the CAD$50,000 already deposited. So the battle continues, and continue it will Speaking with TorrentFreak, Adam Lackman says that he has no choice but to fight the telcoms companies since not doing so would result in a loss by default judgment. Interestingly, both he and one of the judges involved in the case thus far believe he has an arguable case. Lackman says that his activities are protected under the Canadian Copyright Act, specifically subparagraph 2.4(1)(b) which states as follows: A person whose only act in respect of the communication of a work or other subject-matter to the public consists of providing the means of telecommunication necessary for another person to so communicate the work or other subject-matter does not communicate that work or other subject-matter to the public; Of course, finding out whether that’s indeed the case will be a costly endeavor. “It all comes down to whether we will have the financial resources necessary to mount our defense and go to trial. We won’t have ad revenue coming in, since losing our domain names means that we’ll lose the majority of our traffic for quite some time into the future,” Lackman told TF in a statement. “We’re hoping that others will be as concerned as us about big companies manipulating the law in order to shut down what they see as competition. We desperately need help in financially supporting our legal defense, we cannot do it alone. “We’ve run up a legal bill of over $100,000 to date. We’re David, and they are four Goliaths with practically unlimited resources. If we lose, it will mean that new case law is made, case law that could mean increased censorship of the internet.” In the hope of getting support, TVAddons has launched a fundraiser campaign and in the meantime, a new version of the site is back on a new domain, TVAddons.co. Given TVAddons’ line of defense, the nature of both the platform and Kodi addons, and the fact that there has already been a serious abuse of process during evidence preservation, this is now one of the most interesting and potentially influential copyright cases underway anywhere today. TVAddons is being represented by Éva Richard , Hilal Ayoubi and Karim Renno in Canada, plus Erin Russell and Jason Sweet in the United States. Thank You And Have A Great Day. The Mixdoctor Team Member of koditalk.org
  6. YOU COULD BE AT RISK IF YOUR USING TVADDONS Kodi Security Risk Emerges After TVAddons Shutdown Three domains previously operated by defunct Kodi addons site TVAddons have been transferred to a law firm in Canada. With no explanation forthcoming, the security implications cannot be ignored. According to Kodi Project Manager Nathan Betzen, a third party in control of these domains could potentially do whatever they wanted to vulnerable former TVAddons users. Formerly known as XBMC, the popularity of the entirely legal Kodi media player has soared in recent years. Controversial third-party addons that provide access to infringing content have thrust Kodi into the mainstream and the product is now a household name. Until recently, TVAddons.ag was the leading repository for these addons. During March, the platform had 40 million unique users connected to the site’s servers, together transferring an astounding petabyte of addons and updates. Everything was going well until news broke last month that the people behind TVAddons were being sued in a federal court in Texas. Shortly after the site went dark and hasn’t been back since. This was initially a nuisance to the millions of Kodi devices that relied on TVAddons for their addons and updates. With the site gone, none were forthcoming. However, the scene recovered relatively quickly and for users who know what they’re doing, addons are now available from elsewhere. That being said, something very unusual happened this week. Out of the blue, several key TVAddons domains were transferred to a Canadian law firm. TVAddons, who have effectively disappeared, made no comment. The lawyer involved, Daniel Drapeau, ignored requests for an explanation. While that’s unusual enough, there’s a bigger issue at play here for millions of former TVAddons users who haven’t yet wiped their devices or upgraded them to work with other repositories. Without going into huge technical detail, any user of an augmented Kodi device that relied on TVAddons domains (TVAddons.ag, Offshoregit.com) for updates can be reasonably confident that the domains their device is now accessing are not controlled by TVAddons anymore. That is not good news. When a user installs a Kodi addon or obtains an update, the whole system is based on human trust. People are told about a trustworthy source (repository or ‘repo’) and they feel happy getting their addons and updates from it. However, any person in control of a repo can make a Kodi addon available that can do pretty much anything. When that’s getting free movies, people tend to be happy, but when that’s making a botnet out of set-top boxes, enthusiasm tends to wane a bit. If the penny hasn’t yet dropped, consider this. TVAddons’ domains are now being run by a law firm which refuses to answer questions but has the power to do whatever it likes with them, within the law of course. Currently, the domains are lying dormant and aren’t doing anything nefarious, but if that position changes, millions of people will have absolutely no idea anything is wrong. TorrentFreak spoke to Kodi Project Manager Nathan Betzen who agrees that the current security situation probably isn’t what former TVAddons users had in mind. “These are unsandboxed Python addons. The person [in control of] the repo could do whatever they wanted. You guys wrote about the addon that created a DDoS event,” Betzen says. “If some malware author wanted, he could easily install a watcher that reports back the user’s IP address and everything they were doing in Kodi. If the law firm is actually an anti-piracy group, that seems like the likeliest thing I can think of,” he adds. While nothing can be ruled out, it seems more likely that the law firm in question has taken control of TVAddons’ domains in order to put them out of action, potentially as part of a settlement in the Dish Network lawsuit. However, since it refuses to answer any questions, everything is open to speculation. Another possibility is that the domains are being held pending sale, which then raises questions over who the buyer might be and what their intentions are. The bottom line is we simply do not know and since nobody is talking, it might be prudent to consider the worst case scenario. “If it’s just a holding group, then people [in control of the domain/repo] could do whatever they can think of. Want a few million incredibly inefficient bit mining boxes?” Betzen speculates. While this scenario is certainly a possibility, one would at least like to think of it as unlikely. That being said, plenty of Internet security fails can be attributed to people simply hoping for the best when things go bad. That rarely works. On the plus side, Betzen says that since Python code is usually pretty easy to read, any nefarious action could be spotted by vigilant members of the community fairly quickly. However, Martijn Kaijser from Team Kodi warns that it’s possible to ship precompiled Python code instead of the readable versions. “You can’t even see what’s in the Python files and what they do,” he notes. Finally, there’s a possibility that TVAddons may be considering some kind of comeback. Earlier this week a new domain – TVAddons.co – was freshly registered, just after the old domains shifted to the law firm. At this stage, however, nothing is known about the site’s plans. Thank You And Have A Great Day. The Mixdoctor Team Member of koditalk.org
  7. Several TVAddons Domains Transferred to Canadian Lawfirm Just click on the picture below and PLEASE click some of our adverts on the site to help server costs, ❤️ thank you so much ❤️👌 Original source: https://torrentfreak.com/several-tvaddons-domains-transferred-to-canadian-lawfirm-170718/ Thank You 🙂 And Have A Great Day.
  8. Kodi Box NOT WORKING? Devices with add-ons unable to stream video, users claim KODI has published a statement following a slew of complaints from users of so-called Kodi Boxes that their streaming add-ons and IPTV plugins have stopped working. Noticed some of the add-ons and plugins installed on your Kodi Box have stopped working? You’re not alone. In a new blog post, Kodi confirmed that a swathe of third-party add-ons have ceased to work on the platform following a crackdown on online piracy. Back in May, the Digital Economy Act received royal assent – and increased the maximum jail sentence for copyright infringement in the UK from two to three years. Separately, the European Court of Justice ruled that streaming copyright-protected materialwithout the right-holders permission was illegal. Downloading pirated copies of movies, music, and television shows has always constituted copyright infringement. However, streaming the same content was previously a legal grey area. That’s because files that are stored temporarily – like those being created and constantly overwritten when streaming media content online – were technically exempt under copyright law. This loophole enabled those who sold set-top boxes, like those powered by the Kodi media player, to promote the easy facilitation of piracy via streaming. The combination of this landmark ruling and the increase in sanctions for those who infringe copyright has led some developers to abandon Kodi. In early June, Kodi fans saw one of the most popular destinations for third-party add-ons removed from the web. TVAddons, which hosted a number of add-ons that enabled free streaming of copyright-protected material, was taken offline completely. Even its Facebook page was unavailable, blog TorrentFreak reported. TVAddons offers Kodi users the chance to access numerous illegal streams such as premium live sport and movie channels. Kodi is a neutral, open-source media player that can be installed on a broad range of devices – from discount set-top boxes powered by Android, to known brands, like Amazon Fire TV Stick. Kodi itself is completely legal. Although, it’s worth checking to make sure that you will not violate the manufacturer’s terms and conditions when installing the open-source software onto their hardware. Ready-made “pirate” devices preloaded with a number of third-party add-ons designed to facilitate piracy are colloquially known as Kodi Boxes or IPTV Boxes. According to YouGov data, around five million people in the UK use pirated TV streaming services via so-called Kodi Boxes, Amazon Fire TV Chipped Sticks, and illegal streaming apps on smartphones and tablets. Last September, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) branded the use of Kodi software to tune into pirated streams as an “epidemic”. Writing on its official blog, Kodi said: “Due to recent legal action against websites and repositories promoting add-ons that use pirated (stolen) media content, many have shut-down their services. “This is driving a large increase in users complaining in our forums and on social media about their ‘Kodi Box’ no longer working.” If you post in our forums or social channels about a pirate add-on or streaming service not working please expect ZERO sympathy or support. We don’t care Kodi Spokesperson Kodi is run by a team of unpaid developers who volunteer their time and expertise to create the hugely-popular media player and manage the brand. “If you post in our forums or social channels about a pirate add-on or streaming service not working please expect ZERO sympathy or support. We don’t care,” the blog post is at pains to point out. “We care less than not caring. We don’t care biggly. And to counter a popular comment; if the Kodi userbase drops a huge percentage because pirate services flee or die, we’re fine with that. “Kodi has been around since 2002 and we are not going to implode or disappear (unlike the pirates). “Life will be a little quieter, but less time spent on self-entitled whiny people means more time writing great code and having fun. We’re okay with that too.” The news comes as Facebook updated its advertising policy to explicitly ban the sale of any streaming device that facilitates or encourages unauthorised access to digital media. The social network confirmed to Express.co.uk that it tweaked its Commerce Policy to prohibit the sales of these so-called Kodi Boxes. Facebook is following in the footsteps of similar blanket bans from the likes of eBay and Amazon. The latter has taken an increasingly tough stance on streaming boxes that “promote” or “suggest” the easy facilitation of piracy. Sellers who violate the policy could see any inventory stored in Amazon fulfilment centres destroyed – with no reimbursement, the company warns in its updated policy. While online marketplaces, like those operated by Facebook, Amazon and eBay, are targeting the sale of these ready-made Kodi streaming devices – other agencies have targeted the streaming that enable the piracy. The Premier League recently launched its “largest ever” crackdown on streams fuelling piracy on these set-top boxes, like those running Kodi. Speaking to The Guardian, a spokesperson for the Premier League said: “The Premier League is currently engaged in its largest ever anti-piracy campaign to protect its copyright. “Like other sports and creative industries our model is predicated on the ability to market and sell rights and protect our intellectual property. It is because of this that clubs can invest in and develop talented players, build world-class stadiums, support the English football pyramid and schools and communities across the country – all things that fans enjoy and wider society benefits from.” The Premier League recently secured a hugely significant court order which is aimed at stopping rights-infringing video streams of its matches. This new ruling gives the league the ability to block servers which are broadcasting the games – stopping users of Kodi and other streaming devices from tuning in for free. Until now, rights holders could only close individual streams which could easily be restarted via a new server. The Premier League says they are implementing the order because of concerns that fans are side-stepping premium pay services, such as Sky and BT Sport, who each pay huge sums for the rights to broadcast the matches. Thank You And Have A Great Day. The Mixdoctor Team Member of koditalk.org