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 It’s not all bad news -- some very public victories happened this year

 

If you caught the caption on Figure 3, you know that Terrarium TV was officially shut down in mid- September. (Within hours, news stories surfaced with alternatives.)

Other major take-downs this year: Tickbox and Dragonbox, two prevalent sources of Kodi-branded boxes. Both represent significant wins, because they set a legal precedent for the creation of such hardware as representing or inducing content piracy.

Dragonbox, based in Carlsbad, Calif., made a Kodi-based box that sold for $350 and had a 250,000 customer footprint throughout the U.S., according to Variety’s Gene Maddaus, and marketed itself as a way to “Get rid of your premium channels … [and] Stop paying for Netflix and Hulu.” Georgia-based Tickbox took the “we just make the box” stance, arguing that its hardware is no different than a laptop or tablet. Both lost; Tickbox agreed to settle its infringement for $25 million. Additionally, a Florida federal judge awarded $90.1 million in damages to Dish Network LLC in a Federal Communications Act suit over a scheme by SetTV to stream unauthorized Dish content to subscribers who purchased SetTV boxes.

Other in a laundry list of 2018 takedowns: 123Movies (an indexing-styled website/advanced class), Fab IPTV, and Kodi add-on repositories Illuminati, XvBMC, Noobs and Nerds, Mr. Blamo, and UrbanKingz.

In part, these happened because of a planned campaign of “knock and talks,” conducted by the MPAA this year, in coordination with the FBI. Usually conducted in the early morning, they went down like this: Knock- knock, who’s there, you’ve been served.

Why this matters: It illustrates momentum in the get-the-bad-guys scene.

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