ACE Takes Down Vader Streams in $10M Judgement
LOS ANGELES -- The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) has obtained a permanent injunction from the Federal Court in Canada against Vader Streams, a major purveyor of unauthorized film and television content. ACE achieved full suspension of Vader Streams’ operations, and the piracy outfit was ordered to pay $10 million in damages.
Vader Streams was a key part of a complicated, IPTV piracy network, which until recently was feeding more than 200 dealers of illicit content with unauthorized access to 1,300 live streaming television channels and a library of up to 2,400 movies and 350 television shows. The unauthorized television streams included live events, sports, pay-per-view, and premium pay channels. Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) refers to the delivery of programming via internet protocol (IP) networks, one of the foundations of the legal streaming economy when content is properly licensed.
The injunction issued by the Federal Court in Canada requires Vader Streams to:
- Cede administrative control over the entire Vader piracy infrastructure.
- Permanently cease and desist from developing, operating, promoting, or selling subscriptions to unauthorized or unlicensed piracy feeds of any kind.
- Permanently cease and desist from developing, updating, hosting, or promoting Kodi add-ons or repositories that enable access to pirated content.
The Court’s Order concerning Vader Streams continues ACE’s successful enforcement actions that are directly addressing the threat from piracy device sellers and illegal streaming applications and services. These include legal victories in the TickBox and Dragon Box cases, and the shutdown of numerous piracy applications and add-ons.