Github crashes continue and now it was the turn of a Kodi addon

A few days ago we shared the news of the blockade here on the blog from the repository on GitHub of the popular application "Popcorn Time"after receive a complaint from the Motion Picture Association, Inc. (MPA), which represents the interests of major US television studios and has exclusive rights to show many movies and TV shows.

It seems that the MPA has put to work and has implied that it goes against all software that allows the display of content that is under intellectual property and is that now the MPA in conjunction with Amazon demanded that GitHub block the user account MrBlamo6969 which is in charge of the repository Blamo and the complement "Chocolate Salty Balls" which are used in Kodi Media Center.

In the face of this complaint, the people of GitHub acted but did not completely block the account but only blocked the Blamo repository.

For those who are unaware of the Chocolate Salty Balls complement, they should know that this allows Kodi users to watch comedy showsIn addition, many popular plugins were distributed through the Blamo repository, including Neptune Rising and Placenta for watching movies and TV shows.

We represent the Motion Picture Association, Motion Picture Association - Canada, their members and Amazon Content Services LLC, in certain intellectual property matters and we write to you on your behalf and in accordance with your instructions.

We request that GitHub, Inc. ("GitHub") suspend the account (the "Account"). The account is used by its operator to engage in ongoing acts of copyright infringement in violation of an order of the Federal Court (Canada) issued on January 15, 2019, which amounts to contempt of court by the operator of the bill.

It should be noted this block was not made due to the recent receipt of the complaint, since there is a history behind attempts to block «Blamo» of which have been carried out since 2018 and in January 2019 where the MPA made a decision in the Federal Court of Canada to suspend the account of the attached repository, accused of committing actions that contribute to copyright infringement.

The MPA sent requests to the defendant to comply with the court order which ordered MrBlamo to stop publishing, distributing and promoting plugins and repositories due to copyright infringement for Kodi. The last request was submitted on December 19, 2019, but was ignored, so the MPA has now submitted a request to GitHub, but it has only partially completed so far - the repository is locked, but the account is still active.

And it is that in addition to this block that the people of GitHub make, also Information was released that the repository of the RDP Wrapper Library program was blocked, as a violation of the terms of use of the service was mentioned.

RDP Wrapper Library enables a disabled but actually present server driver to be enabled in Windows for the RDP (Remote Desktop Host) protocol, and also removes the restriction of connecting multiple clients to the same computer at the same time, which violates the agreement Windows Home license.

It seems that since Microsoft took the reins of GitHub things have changed because now the blocking requests that the MPA has issued have been carried out in a matter of days, with which this can be an alert to developers regardless of the type Of applications that still have that those who should be most concerned are those that develop add-ons or software that infringes copyrights or patents.

Could this be considered a signal ?, for many developers who refrained from migrating to alternatives after the announcement of the acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft.

Finally if you want to know more about it about the actions taken by the MPA, you can consult the details in the following link.

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  1.   Hsequest said

    Another step towards the loss of internet freedoms.

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  3.   JRincon said

    This YELLOW publication as always in Linux forums, because it is Microsoft who does the blocking ... It is piracy, it is not about internet freedoms, far from it. PopcornTime is pirated software, so they have every right to block such software and / or repositories.

    1.    flat said

      Jumped one with double standards. Do you pay for your software, licenses to Microsoft and developers?
      -If the answer is yes, we keep talking around here.

      1.    supertanker said

        If what you're saying about "piracy-facilitating" software is true, we should also get rid of open source P2P clients like Transmission, right?

        The efforts of the MAFIAA to act as if the creation of software "to hack" is a crime (when the real crime is downloading and / or sharing copyrighted material without authorization) has no limits ...