Kabel-TV-bolag genomsökte utvecklares hem
Canadian cable companies have ratcheted up their war on piracy by launching a new legal battle. The effort has already seen Bell, Rogers and Quebecor’s Videotron search a Montreal software developer’s home and interrogate him for more than nine hours.
“The whole experience was horrifying,” says Adam Lackman, founder of TVAddons and defendant in a copyright infringement lawsuit launched by the television giants. “It felt like the kind of thing you would have expected to have happened in the Soviet Union.”
Telecoms and content creators Bell, Rogers and Videotron began their piracy battle last year by filing a lawsuit against Canadian dealers who sell “free TV” Android boxes — devices that can be used to stream pirated content.
Now the companies are also targeting Lackman and TVAddons — a library of hundreds of apps known as add-ons. Once downloaded on the Android box or a computer with added software, some of the add-ons — such as Exodus and 1Channel — allow people easy access to pirated movies, TV shows and even live television.
Det sjuka i denna historia är att Bell, Rogers och Videotron kunde göra detta på egen hand, helt lagligt, utan att blanda in polis och åklagare när de invaderade Adam Lackmans hem:
According to court documents, the group stayed for 16 hours and the plaintiffs’ lawyer and independent counsel interrogated Lackman for more than nine hours. He was given a break for dinner and to speak to his lawyer, who was present.
Lackman was “not permitted to refuse to answer questions” and his lawyer wasn’t permitted to counsel him in his answers.
“Any time I would question the process, they would threaten me with contempt of court proceedings,” says Lackman.
Besides seizing personal items such as his computer and phone, Lackman says the plaintiffs’ lawyer and independent counsel forced him to hand over passwords for his email and social media accounts.
Kanadensisk lag är ganska underlig, minst sagt.