Hollywood Demands Kodi Addon Developer Sign a Settlement Agreement, or Suffer the Consequences

By Tom Pritchard on at

If you recognise the name JSergio123, that might be because he'd a developer of Kodi add-ons that landed in the path of Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) an anti-piracy group that represents damn near everyone in the film and television industries - including Disney, Netflix, Amazon, Sky, and so on.

JSergio123 received legal threats from ACE last year, regarding his Kodi addons that ACE considered to be infringing on the copyright of its members. As such he abandoned work on his Kodi-related endeavours, but at the time didn't specify why. It turns out ACE had been pressuring him (and other developers) to sign settlement agreements that lay out a set of behaviours that must be adhered to. According to TorrentFreak some developers went ahead and signed the agreement, while others (including JSergio123) have not.

JSergio123's reluctance hasn't gone unnoticed, and he's apparently been receiving more letters from lawyers reminding him of what transpired and what's expected of him. Essentially saying "sign the settlement, or else."

JSergio123's reasons for not signing haven't been made public, but TorrentFreak notes that other developers have been reluctant to sign due to the terms being difficult, and in some cases virtually impossible, to meet. Those terms include promises that developed addons won't be used for infringing copyright in the future, but for addons that are designed to scrape third party it's not possible to claim that it definitely wouldn't happen. That would essentially mean developers have to stop creating addons, regardless of their legitimacy - just in case someone were to use them for illegal means.

The terms also require what is essentially a full confession about projects developers have been and are working on, while also promising to explain whether they've been making money from their activities (and how), and informing on their colleagues by handing over identifying information about them. Which is really fucked up when you think about it, especially if those developers have complied with cease and desist orders and suspended work on addons ACE considers to be facilitating copyright infringement. [TorrentFreak]

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