Movie Coalition Ramps Up Fight Against TV Streaming Devices

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A group of movie studios and streaming TV platforms are stepping up litigation against streaming device makers that allegedly facilitate copyright infringement.

Five major movie studios, along with Netflix and Amazon, filed a lawsuit against the maker of the Dragon Box, a streaming device that allows users to stream internet content directly to their television sets, in the U.S District Court for the Central District of California yesterday. The plaintiffs, all members of the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment, accuse Dragon Media Inc. of intentional inducement of copyright infringement and contributory copyright infringement.

The movie studios brought similar claims against the maker of the TickBox in October. The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment said it was planning more such actions. The TickBox and the Dragon Box are devices known as Kodi boxes, named after the open source software used by many of the systems.

Dragon Media didn’t immediately respond to a Bloomberg Law request for comment.

Netflix Studios, LLC v. Dragon Media Inc., C.D. Cal., No. 18-230, complaint filed 1/10/18