Cable giants step up piracy battle by interrogating Montreal software developer and searching his home

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.

Cell phones, TV, Canadians are hosed.

  • marty_p

    There are workarounds and alternatives/substitutes like Mobdro and Terrarium in addition to Kodi (which can still be updated using alternative methods)…. TVaddons just made life easy for the non technically inclined.

    We got lots of “The Sky is Falling” articles when everyone predicted the death of torrenting – it’s still here as long as you use a VPN.

    It’s a proverbial cat and mouse game – I remember the Zenith analogue pay TV decoders from the trunk of the guy in the bar (car in the parking lot) then it became Direct TV with hacked cards and then Free-to-Air receivers for Dish and Expressvue….

    I am more concerned with the infringement of privacy and the Government’s participation in ensuring Rogers, Bell and Videotron CEO’s continue their monopoly and make their millions.

  • Hard Little Machine

    In a sane world, a carrier that facilitates your crime is also a party to your crime. In cable tv – the cable companies facilitate your crime by bringing illegal content to you. Then they rat you out to the cops and then they sue you for money.

    It’s a great system that Tony Soprano would be proud of.

  • andycanuck

    Cell phones, TV, Canadians are hosed.

    If only Comrade CRTC knew of this, he would fix it!

    • Justin St.Denis


      I assume you intended to make that hilarious comment/joke.

      • andycanuck

        There is no joking in social media, comrade.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Good one. See you in some Gulag in the future, I suppose. We can plot our escape then! :-O

        • J. C.

          Tell me about it… I just got temporarily banned from Facebook for the second time this week! They told me if I ‘continue to violate Facebook’s community standards’ I could be permanently banned…