The Auckland High Court has ruled that internet-streaming service My Box cannot be represented as legal, and that using My Box and other units like it to show Sky movies, TV and sports programmes breaches copyright. A hearing to assess damages is not expected until the new year. Sky is expected to seek millions from My Box, but the broadcaster’s in-house counsel Sophie Maloney says it is difficult to land on an amount as her company only has My Box promoter Krish Reddy’s public statements about sales to work off. Sky will work with the court in a discovery process. At one point, Reddy told an NZ Herald reporter he had sold 17,000 units at $269 each. Even at Reddy’s earlier claim of 10,000 units sold, Sky said it had suffered $1.44m in damages as at July 14, 2017, and ongoing losses of $570,000 from lost monthly subscription revenue. Sky recently released research that found 5 percent of adults have used Kodi boxes or similar devices or software for piracy, and that 3 percent do so every six months. Reddy argued that Kodi boxes were a neutral technology that, like a VCR, could be used legally or illegally. His lawyers said… Read full this story
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