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Hollywood takes aim at TickBox TV in intellectual property suit

TickBox TV is an android streaming TV device that enables users to stream content via open source media software. Now, several of California's media giants are targeting TickBox TV through intellectual property litigation. Chief among these media giants are Netflix, Amazon and Disney, but many Hollywood Studios such as Universal, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. are also on board with the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that TickBox TV enables its users to pirate streaming media. This essentially means stealing content from legitimate sources like Netflix, Amazon Prime and cable TV channels. The suit also says that TickBox offers add-ons that link users to unauthorized streams of movies and television shows.

Some of the demands included in the intellectual property litigation documents include immediately halting the sale of TickBox devices and financially compensating the affected parties. The plaintiffs are asking for the maximum amount of damages, which stands at $150,000 per infringement. A successful judgment or even a settlement would likely net the affected companies millions in actual damages.

TickBox denies the allegations insisting that its streaming device is 100 percent legal because it does not archive, store, host or distribute any kind of content or media. TickBox also stated that its device should not be used to pirate copyrighted media and that it does not approve of such usage.

It will be interesting to see how the lawsuit plays out and how it might affect other types of streaming device companies. The suit also shows victims of this kind of infringement how intellectual property litigation can help put a stop to illegal activities.

Source: Trusted Reviews, "Kodi boxes dealt death blow? Netflix and Amazon lead unprecedented Hollywood lawsuit," James Laird, Oct. 17, 2017

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