Netflix and Amazon have joined forces with Hollywood studios to sue the set top box maker Dragon Box, that carries the Kodi streaming app, in their latest bid to combat online piracy.
Kodi software, though not illegal, allows developers to produce third-party add-ons that provide free access to pirated and illegal content. These apps allow users to stream premium content, like paid-for sports and movie channels for free according to Express UK.
The studios complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles said: “Dragon Box uses software to link its customers to infringing content on the Internet. When used as defendants intend and instruct, Dragon Box gives defendants’ customers access to multiple sources that stream plaintiffs’ copyrighted works without authorization.”
The UK government has already asked Kodi users to get rid of any add-ons that let them stream films, TV shows and live sports for free. The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) also published a guide to illicit streaming devices.
Dragon Box CEO Paul Christoforo on his LinkedIn page wrote: “It is legal to stream content on the internet. We can’t be held liable for the movies and TV channels online that people are watching because all the software is doing is accessing content that is readily available online.”