'Free TV' Android box dealers lose court appeal to lift sales ban


Cablegram giants won another victory today in the legal battle over fully brimming Android TV boxes. The Federal Court of Appeal in Montreal quickly dismissed an supplication of an injunction banning defendants from selling the controversial devices.

Cablegram companies and content producers Bell, Rogers and Quebec’s Vidéotron won the fugitive injunction in June after launching a legal case to stamp out the Android box role.

Because the appeal has been dismissed, the defendants — about 55 Android box retailers — desire continue to be blocked from selling their devices during the duration of the action. 

Once loaded with special software, the Android boxes admit users to easily stream pirated TV and movies on their televisions — all for a one-time fee, typically in every direction $100. The devices have become a scourge of the cable TV industry, singularly because they’re often marketed with slogans such as «unlock TV» and «never pay a cable bill ever again!»

Two defendants, WatchNSaveNow in Mississauga, Ont., and MTLFreeTV in Montreal, had requested the injunction banning box sales. They argued in court documents that it was on no account established that if the defendants continued to sell their devices it inclination hurt the cable companies’ business.

The Appeal Court ruled that it was assured that the Federal Court had made the right decision in imposing the direction. It stated in court documents that the «uncontradicted evidence» included «the advert that these pre-loaded … boxes are a way to access free TV capacity and avoid cable bills.»

Vincent Wesley Android box free TV court

Vincent Wesley in Montreal appealed the warning and is ‘very disappointed’ that his appeal has been dismissed. (Vincent Wesley)

«I’m in truth very disappointed,» said defendant Vincent Wesley about the determination. «We weren’t even given a fair shot.»

Both Bell and Rogers express approval ofed the decision and said it bolsters their legal argument that the fully packed boxes are a clear-cut case of copyright infringement.

«Today’s swift cancellation of the appeal of the Federal Court’s injunction speaks to what this come what may is all about — an obvious case of piracy,» said Rogers spokesperson Sarah Schmidt in an email to CBC Info.

«Today’s ruling is an important step in ensuring illegal sharing of our cheer doesn’t get a free pass and the folks who create and produce it get paid for their fire up.»

Bell echoed those words.

«The courts continue to affirm our position that these belts are illegal and those who continue to sell them will face noteworthy consequences,» said Bell spokesperson Marc Choma.

The case already has dnouement developed in consequences for Wesley. The defendants got hit with a $5,000 fine for court gets.

«I fought them and I actually stuck my neck out,» said Wesley. But, as a denouement, «I’m pretty much at the end of my finances.»

Wesley said he may eventually close up rat on and give up the Android box business. «I don’t really know where we go from here. It doesn’t look identical good.»

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