It's now been over two years
since the seizure of the original TV ADDONS website without a trial
In retrospect, the one lesson that I've learned is that the civil justice system is fundamentally flawed...
Whoever has the most money, can bully their opponent into submission. And if they don't win, they'll appeal until they do - exhausting your financial resources until you can't afford to defend yourself.
As you probably know, we initially won the return
of my property, but six months later lost an appeal that took place over 200 kilometres away from the city in which I reside.
Not only did we lose the appeal, we were ordered to pay $50000 to the companies suing us for their "legal fees." In summary, not only did they seize all my property, but I'm now on the hook to a telecom cartel for $50000 and still haven't had a trial
According to the law
, TV ADDONS did nothing wrong
. We never hosted nor direct linked to infringing content. We simply indexed code that could scrape external sources.
Most importantly, none of the companies suing us (nor any of their affiliates) ever sent a takedown notice
- a prerequisite to their claim being eligible for damages.
Right now we're in quite the jam. Our original legal team could no longer afford to bankroll our defense and quit, while the cartel suing us has already attempted to seize more of my property
for the court fees owed.
As a matter of principle, I don't want to give up. I want to hold these companies responsible for manipulating Canadian law. They are predatory, greedy and won't stop until they're in a position to censor the entire Canadian internet
.I need your help to get me to a point where this will still be worth fighting, as it is right now I am on the brink of bankruptcy.
Thank you for your support, it is truly appreciated.Breakdown of Current Financial Responsibilities:
Renno Vathilakis: $83991.82
Hilal El Ayoubi: $38989.00
Bell Canada, Rogers, Videotron, TVA: $49000.00
Please note that any amounts sent to TV ADDONS through PayPal or otherwise are purely a donation, and this is not an offer to purchase securities or any other interest in TV ADDONS. All donations are non-refundable, and you will own no equity, debt, or other interest in TV ADDONS as a result of your donation. Since TV ADDONS is not a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, donations are not tax-deductible as a charitable contribution but will be allocated in their entirety to legal fees. All of the donations hereinabove made and the revenues thereof will not be liable to seizure or attachment for my debts, present and future, save for voluntary hypothecation of movable or immovable properties. To the extent required by applicable Law, including Article 2649 of the Civil Code of Quebec, the said stipulation of unseizability is justified by the donor’s serious and legitimate interest in ensuring that the property hereby donated or any property substituted therefor remains to provide for the legal defense and personal needs of Adam Lackman for a period of no less than Ten (10) years.