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Court Grants Subpoenas to Uncover TVAddons & ZemTV Identities

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Source: http://koditips.com/courts-grants-subpoenas-tvaddons-zemtv/


The District Court in Texas where Dish Network filed a complaint against ZemTV and TVAddons has granted subpoenas aimed at identifying the owners of those websites.

In an attempt to find out the identifies of the users behind ZemTV and TVAddons, Dish Network requested, and was granted, subpoenas targeting Google, Twitter, Facebook, Paypal, Amazon, and other hosting providers.

The court document mentions twitter accounts @shani_08_kodi, Facebook account “Shani”, GitHub account “Shani_08”, and email “taacc14@gmail.com”, which it believes are all ran by the former creator of ZemTV. It also requests any Paypal transaction and credit card information with the username “Shani”.

 
For TVAddons, Twitter, Facebook, and Cloudflare accounts are requested, as well as an Amazon account with the email “yipang@protonmail.com”.

The Google subpoena requests IP address logins and communications on GChat from 2014 onwards.

Subpoenas are forwarded on to the social media accounts above and are used to receive information that may identify the user behind those accounts. Each service provider can challenge the court for further clarification and choose whether to submit any of the requested information.

You can view the subpoena requests via TF by clicking here.

The complaint filed against TVAddons and ZemTV for copyright infringement carries a $150,000 fine for each offence. ZemTV was shutdown as soon as the original court complaint was filed. TVAddons went offline on June 12th.

Re: Court Grants Subpoenas to Uncover TVAddons & ZemTV Identities
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2017, 09:02:49 am »
I sure hope for their sake none of them are us-based or I see some hard times and their foreseeable future

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Re: Court Grants Subpoenas to Uncover TVAddons & ZemTV Identities
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2017, 10:10:36 am »
i hope they took the necessary steps to hide themselves when using their accounts. also agree that i hope they are not US based.

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Re: Court Grants Subpoenas to Uncover TVAddons & ZemTV Identities
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2017, 05:10:08 pm »
I can confidently say that neither Eleazar nor Shani are US-based.

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Re: Court Grants Subpoenas to Uncover TVAddons & ZemTV Identities
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2017, 01:15:18 am »
I have a feeling your going to start to see alot of Wack-a-server in the next couple months they are really starting to take this threat to there monopoly seriously. there seems to be a threshold that when crossed draws the full force of the industry I have seen it happen to IRC then 2p2/torrents and now streaming they will knock it back to a level that the industry finds acceptable and then move on to the next threat

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Re: Court Grants Subpoenas to Uncover TVAddons & ZemTV Identities
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2017, 08:15:58 am »
The best thing would be for the devs to come back, host addons on archive.org and promote them that way. Third party sites "hosting" repos that are dead and not maintained doesn't do anything once addons start dying.

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Re: Court Grants Subpoenas to Uncover TVAddons & ZemTV Identities
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2017, 09:38:15 am »
Just my 2 cents worth.

Apps like indigo made it too easy for resellers. IMHO it was spoon feeding. This is how the satellite hacking got the attention of  dishnet too. Dishnet properly weights the cost of going after pirates against the cost of lost revenue.

Looking back, TV-addons should of given users access to the fusion app with a unique key (API ?). To keep it active the key user need to post 5 times a month at the site. TV addons could keep track of how many times per month, the user was updating their boxes.

Hope I do not get flamed


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Re: Court Grants Subpoenas to Uncover TVAddons & ZemTV Identities
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2017, 09:39:06 am »
Just my 2 cents worth.

Apps like indigo made it too easy for resellers. IMHO it was spoon feeding. This is how the satellite hacking got the attention of  dishnet too. Dishnet properly weights the cost of going after pirates against the cost of lost revenue.

Looking back, TV-addons should of given users access to the fusion app with a unique key (API ?). To keep it active the key user need to post 5 times a month at the site. Perhaps regular users or long term user could have the post count removed for a donation to cover server costs. TV addons could keep track of how many times per month, the user was updating their boxes, by tracking the key use.

i could be wrong, I often am.
« Last Edit: June 23, 2017, 09:42:50 am by BogMan »

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Re: Court Grants Subpoenas to Uncover TVAddons & ZemTV Identities
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2017, 10:09:20 am »
Just my 2 cents worth.

Apps like indigo made it too easy for resellers. IMHO it was spoon feeding. This is how the satellite hacking got the attention of  dishnet too. Dishnet properly weights the cost of going after pirates against the cost of lost revenue.

Looking back, TV-addons should of given users access to the fusion app with a unique key (API ?). To keep it active the key user need to post 5 times a month at the site. Perhaps regular users or long term user could have the post count removed for a donation to cover server costs. TV addons could keep track of how many times per month, the user was updating their boxes, by tracking the key use.

i could be wrong, I often am.



Yep, many Kodi devs have long thought that builds (Indigo was a build too) and pre-loaded box sellers saturated the market in a negative way.

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Re: Court Grants Subpoenas to Uncover TVAddons & ZemTV Identities
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2017, 11:22:47 am »
It was the shoe shine boy giving stock tips moment....once it entered into the mainstream it became too hard to ignore. I for one am not sorry that those who bought boxes without a clue how they actually worked are now staring at black plastic paperweights....pity that the forums which were useful when an issue was encountered also went down not to return.

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Re: Court Grants Subpoenas to Uncover TVAddons & ZemTV Identities
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2017, 10:04:08 am »
Sad day for kodi add on community if the corporations win this and they could since they control the country. Hope the kodi devs can come up with a decentralised system like bt. That's the way to fight them

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Re: Court Grants Subpoenas to Uncover TVAddons & ZemTV Identities
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2017, 04:48:49 pm »
I agee, its a sad day but lets not be naive either as it was inevitable that providers would start to clamp down... exactly the same thing happened to the satellite services years ago as well...

Not to try and start any panic or crap and to talk open and honestly Dish Network getting involved is probably the worst scenario that could happen... i see alot of crap talk about torrentfreak sensationalizing whats going on but what really matters is the truth which is Dishnetwork actually has started litigation against a few targets and once that starts its no longer about common sense or even right and wrong in some cases as they have a battery of on retainer lawyers that will tie anyone even remotely involved in what THEY deem illegal in legal procedings to the point that if you don't got deep pockets when they come after you theres no way you can out-wait the drawn out approaches they use...

Believe me i know from many years of experience of dealing with Dish Network, ExpressVU and Nagrastar and the legal tactics they employ when trying to stop what they deem legal and they have no problems dragging things on and on till their targets cave in... Any one here in Canada ever served with a Anton Pillar will understand what i am talking about...

Personally i don't think its time to run for cover yet but i think its time developers and hobbyists start to exercise more caution and what and how they go about releasing stuff. Nothing against TVA but its been and become a bigger target as they advertise and brag while competing against other super repo sites out there...

The time is coming for dev's to start moving behind membership only sites and tighten their circles and stop releasing anything even remotely associated with protected media from smaller deeper buried places and if the public looses some of the conveniances of a all-in-one super site thats just the way its going to need to be to protect themselves...

Offshore helps but is not as safe as a lot of people think when it comes to major providers like Dish Network and others and even still anyone in North America still needs to find away to get the money back into the country...  When they killed the sat stuff they were taking over websites from as far away as Kuala Lumpor and south america...

Anyways my concern is more for the endusers and public who alwasy seem to get lulled into a "eh who's gonna bother the small guy" attitude only to find out sometime down the road they start getting "demand letters" based on logs from some site that got taken over and they had no idea of it... Ive been on the net long before there was even any graphical browsers and have watched the laws change and be manipulated by corporations and governments as they keep finding newer and better ways to abuse the privacy laws and its time for people to wake up and stop being naive when it comes to the importance of logs and tracking users...

Hopefully no one takes offense to what i am going to say...

Its Speculation on my part but based on a lot of prior experience with Dish Network, ExpressVu and Nagrastar as they spent a few years killing off the main satellite hacks and hurting a lot of good people and friends that help provide the public with working hacks that they made no financial gains from but a lot of greedy dealers had no problems lining their pockets...

With the satellite take downs they started with the dumber dealers out in the public thinking they were safe which usually ended with settlements and banishment from the scene but the creators were really what they wanted so they spent a lot of time trying to infiltrate any place that seemed to point to the coders which took a few years and were pretty elaborate... the main tactic they used was to find something on a particular website/forum and its owner/mods and force them into some settlement that always included a gag order while they took over the site making it look like things were normal when in reality they were looking for leads to others...

The only reason i am even saying any of this is because of Dish Network doing what its done and knowing all to well how things work... I always knew that at some point it was inevitable for media owners to start trying to clamp down but seeing Dish start sets off alarm bells for me and anyone in North America...

My concern stems from the Dealers using plug-ins that do all the auto updating which get them off the hook from actually knowing very much while putting the public end users privacy at risk just so they can sell a cheap box... If Dish for the sake of argument win their initial case against TVA and Zem you can bet part of the settlement will be the covert take-over of the domains involved and snagging any and all logs for future use without the public's knowledge for as long as they can keep the game going... Hopefully the dudes involved are not American or Canadian so the legal effects are minimized... Cloudflare which is the hoster of offshoregit tho is based outta Frisco so it would appear at least the hosting company is US which is not good for protecting the server logs in a long term legal battle...

Once Again THIS is MY SPECULATION and its intent is NOT to start trouble but to may help start some serious conversations about the Developers and Coders security and about the public learning to worry about the front print they are leaving in server logs from any of these Auto Updating Type of Plug-ins...

lets have some open and meaningful discussions as i truly hate the mainstream providers here in North America and i have no respect for greedy dealers that are quick to throw peoples privacy under the buss either...

my 2 cents...