'The MPA, MPA-Canada, and Amazon have filed a request with Github
requesting that a Kodi add-on developer's account be deleted from the
platform. Citing a copyright case and a permanent injunction handed
down by Canada's Federal Court, the content companies claim that the
account is still being used to infringe their rights. Github has left
the account intact, however. TorrentFreak reports:
In February 2018, a developer known online as 'Blamo' (aka 'Mr.
Blamo') revealed that he, in common with several of his counterparts,
had been threatened by content companies. From there the trail went
cold but according to a complaint filed against Github this week,
legal action in Canada followed. On September 7, 2018, a dozen
companies including the studios of the MPA/MPA-Canada plus Amazon and
Netflix launched a copyright infringement lawsuit at Canada's Federal
Court against an individual "doing business" as Mr. Blamo.
"In the context of that action, our clients alleged that [Blamo]
notably developed, hosted, promoted and distributed infringing add-ons
for the Kodi media center, which provided unauthorized access to
motion pictures and television content for which the copyright is
owned by our clients," the MPA writes. According to Federal Court
records, Blamo did not mount any kind of defense so as a result, the
matter was decided in his absence. On January 15, 2019, the Federal
Court handed down a final judgment, including a declaration of
infringement and a permanent injunction. "The permanent injunction
enjoins and restrains [Blamo] from, inter alia, hosting, distributing
or promoting infringing Kodi add-ons and their repositories, including
notably the 'Blamo' repository and the "Chocolate Salty Balls'
infringing add-ons," the MPA adds.
The problem here is that, according to the MPA and associated
companies, Blamo has a Github account where it is claimed he continues
to "host and distribute infringing Kodi add-ons and their repository,
including notably the Chocolate Salty Balls infringing add-on and the
Blamo repository." This, the MPA says, amounts to contempt of court.
What's particularly interesting here, however, is that the MPA isn't
asking for the specified URLs to be deleted. Instead, it asks for
Blamo's entire Github account to be deactivated instead.'
-- source: https://yro.slashdot.org/story/20/05/07/2018227
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