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More popular Kodi sources were hit with cease and desist letter today from ACE, a company representing multi-billion dollar communications entities around the world. These letters were identical to what was received by the Colossus, Dandy Media, Mucky Ducky, and other repos back in November.
The cease and desist letter alleges that the defendant receiving the letter is encouraging copyright infringement through the addons. The letter does not appear to be a signed legal document. There is no signature from a lawyer and no law firm is listed on the letter. It simply asks each use to “stop” or be faced with further punishment.
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Below is a summary of who was contacted and the current response by those people.
I was probably the first one that got hit two Years ago with a face to face home visit Cease and desist Letter to shutdown the Husham Wizard. The repo will continue to be there for the development and researcher but the wizard/build will no longer be updated, and will continue to be on youtube and bring you updates as much as I could.
Teverz received a letter and talked to the person on the phone via the number supplied. So far, Teverz is keeping everything online, calling the letter nothing but a “scare tactic” without any sort of legal weight.
Blamo, the developer behind Placenta, Neptune Rising, and Death Streams, also received a letter. He has said that he is also not going anywhere, however is taking a leave from Twitter for the time being.
Like Teverz and Blamo, it appears that he is not going anywhere and will not be intimidated by the letter.
Noobs and Nerds Repository
Otherwas known as NAN repo, members of the Noobs and Nerds repository received the letters and as of this post, the official NoobsandNerds website leads to a suspended account message. The NaN repo has been pulled offline.
OpenELEQ, one of the developers with Noobs and Nerds, posted the following on Twitter:
You probably all seen it allready: Nan-site is offline as is their twitter. It does not look like it will be comming back either and I have also emptied out my repo’s of all content that could be considered copyright-infringing.
I will be keeping my git-account alive though simply to avoid it being high-jacked, nothing else. Also, if you see claims in the future that I or Nan endorses TVA (similar to what happened to Xunity), do not believe it as that will never ever happen!
SpinzTV, one of the most popular Kodi builds on the internet, his repository also hosted the Cartoon Crazy & Strictly HD addons. The repo is offline and he has confirmed that he is finished with Kodi for now.
Colossus Repo Gone
The Colossus Repo went offline, taking with it a ton of Kodi addons and dependencies such as URLResolver, Covenant, Bennu, and more. Accessing the official Colossus Github Page shows no repositories listed. The GitHub page was the only official method for accessing the addons and repository and was constantly being updated before it went down.
Multiple users in the repo were contacted with a cease and desist order from the MPAA, where they called them responsible for promoting piracy via their addons in their repositories. A quick reminder that Kodi addons do not host any content and simply act as search engines to the public internet.
The Smash Repository has gone offline.
Shani_01 / ZemTV Developer
Shani_01, the developer of ZemTV who was named in the Dish Network lawsuit along with TVAddons, also reappeared today on Twitter.
I'm the only Kodi addon developer who is fighting copyright bullies who are trying to destroy our community! Lawyers are expensive and I can't do it alone!
Shani pledged that he wanted to fight and clear his name to support all Kodi developers who haven’t done anything wrong and are being targeted by large companies.
Shani also posted a link to a GoFundMe page to raise money for legal fees, which was mistakenly taken down by GoFundMe for violating terms and conditions; they thought Shani was raising money for a criminal court case, which he was not.
As soon as Shani reposts his fundraising campaign, This appears to have been resolved now.
URLResolver is an important Kodi dependency that resolves links from a wide list of file hosting websites. URLResolver was previously hosted and developed through the Colossus GitHub, which no longer exists.
Since this original post, URLResolver has since been hosted on the TVAddons GitHub page. In addition, a spinoff fork called ResolveURL has been released, which includes fixed and updates to resolver file lockers.
DandyMedia Repo & Addons
DandyMedia has taken his repository offline, which included popular Kodi addons such as Myriad, 1080p, Openload Movies, and others. A Twitter message from @noobsandnerds said the following:
You may notice that from today our repository looks a little smaller. DandyMedia is taking a little bit of Gardening Leave.
DandyMedia’s Twitter account has also been deactivated as of this time. There is no indication that Dandy received any threatening letters at this time. Just a reminder to NOT uninstall Dandy’s addons if you have them installed.
Project D was a popular playlister in the Bennu Kodi addon. According to Twitter, he has joined the Looking Glass team. As of right now, he does not have an addon in the repo
Caz_Wallace Wizard / Repo
Caz Wallace who also had a wizard for installing Kodi builds, announced on Twitter that he received a letter from the MPAA warning him against support for any “grey area” Kodi addons.
Mucky Duck Repo & Addons
On Twitter, Mucky Duck released the following message:
Mucky Duck will no longer be developing the mdrepo or duckpool repo. Ive shut them down due to unforeseen legal actions that I’m not at liberty to discuss.
So farewell for now but hopefully i can find another project that isn’t in such a legal grey area to continue my learning of the addictive language that is python.
Pyramid KODI Addon
Pyramid is also the latest to be added to the list. a message was sent from Pyramid in regards to this
After A Visit to my Home From ACE yesterday it with great sorrow that i am having to remove The Pyramid Add-On And Tomb Raider Builds From Circulation. Its Been A Great Ride But The Journey Has Come To An End. I Would Like To Thank You All For Supporting Us Over The Past Few Years But Its Time To Turn My Back On Kodi For Good. I would expect other add ons to be getting visits from ACE too in the near future so be warned. This Could Just Be The Start Of The End.
FAQ: If I have these addons installed, what should I do?
If you already have Covenant, Bennu, or any other addon installed which is no longer alive, LEAVE IT ALONE. There is no risk in keeping the addon installed at this time and they will continue to function. Kodi addons are simply search engines to the public internet and host no content. Without developers, addons degrade over time and you will see less and less links returned by them.
If you uninstall an addon, you will not be able to install it again easily. If you are setting up a new Kodi box, you will not be able to install any repo that is currently down.
Can I use KODI with out Addons
Yes, KODI can be configuered with out Addons, Check KODI Addon X Guide.
Summary of Repositories & Addons Down
- Mucky Duck
- Fear of the Dark
- Yes Movies
- Duck Pool
- Imperial Streams
- Openload Movies
- 1080p Movies
- Film Emporium
- HEVC VideoClub
- Ares Football
- Bob Unleashed
- Death Streams
- Neptune Rising
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