Netflix, Amazon, and major studios sue maker of “free TV” box

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Netflix, Amazon, and the major film studios have sued the makers of "The Dragon Box," a device that connects to TVs and lets users watch video without a cable TV or streaming service subscription. Joining Netflix and Amazon as plaintiffs in the suit are Columbia Pictures, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros. The suit asks for financial damages and an injunction preventing Dragon Media from continuing the alleged copyright infringement.

"Defendants sell illegal access to Plaintiffs' Copyrighted Works," the complaint says. "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. These streams are illegal public performances of Plaintiffs' Copyrighted Works." The complaint was filed Jan 10 in US District Court in Central California. The Dragon Box uses Kodi and Android software to help users access video, and the Dragon Box website says the device "acts merely as an index (or directory) of media posted by other enthusiasts on the Internet, which is completely outside of our control."


Netflix, Amazon, and major studios sue maker of “free TV” box