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
Other major take-downs this year:
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.