Popular piracy-linked Kodi repositories and addons Colossus, Covenant, Ares Wizard, URLResolver, and MetaHandler have been taken down or abandoned by their developers as a result of what appears to be a coordinated effort by an anti-piracy alliance composed of major United States film studios. Developers jsergio123, The_Alpha, and possibly others have called it quits after The_Alpha reportedly received a hand-delivered letter to their UK home threatening legal actions.
The letter, addressed by “companies of the six-major United States film studios represented by the Motion Picture Association (MPA), namely Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Disney Enterprises, Inc., Paramount Pictures Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Universal City Studios LLLP and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Netflix, Inc. and Amazon Studios LLC (represented by MPA via the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE)), Sky UK Limited, and The Football Association Premier League Limited,” identifies the developers as being involved in the upkeep of the aforementioned third-party Kodi repositories and addons.
By going after developers of underlying tools like URLResolver and MetaHandler, it suggests that the MPA-led anti-piracy alliance has a strong understanding of how the Kodi piracy addon epidemic works. Instead of just going after main addons like Covenant, which provide the front-end for illegal streaming, or main repositories like Colossus, which serve up the addons, they’re going after back-end components that the main addons rely on to function.
This isn’t the first crackdown directed at Kodi-related piracy and it likely won’t be the last.