We have received preliminary reports stating that the lead developer, and possibly other staff at the NoobsAndNerds discussion, were visited at their homes by the MPAA, or possibly ACE (or maybe even BREIN). These reports are unconfirmed, but come directly from NaN team members. Their web site currently displays an “Account Suspended” notice, while their Twitter account has been deleted as well. We have been told that this could possibly be the end of NoobsAndNerds.
The people we’ve spoken to don’t seem know whether the NaN team was simply visited and warned, or actually served with a lawsuit. We haven’t been told how the authorities found the NoobsAndNerds team either, but it seems that at least one of their team members had leaked his own personal information within his own GitHub commits. We have also found that same developer’s personal information easily connected to his NaN pseudonym through a simple Google search.
NoobsAndNerds was a smaller unofficial Kodi web site which specialized in playlist addons, also forking their own version of Exodus in recent months. They had also developed the controversial combination tool known as Metalliq, much to the dismay of other addon developers who claimed it would put excessive pressure on the web sites being scraped.
At the current time, all GitHub repositories appear to remain operational. We don’t know exactly who got visited or what happened, but midraal and OpenELEQ are the two developers most commonly associated with NoobsAndNerds. Some of their addons include Bob and Elysium. OpenELEQ posted this farewell message on social media about an hour ago:
Right now there are a few concerns. We don’t know what happened, people who associated with them are worried that they might be next. Furthermore, since the GitHub repositories are still active, they could possibly be used to remotely disable Kodi devices belonging to anyone who has one of their several repositories installed.
Although certain members of NaN would from time to time attack our community, we never spoke ill of them. In the spirit of open source, we only wishes them the best. We understand what it’s like to fall victim to copyright bullies and hope they get out of it without losing their shirts.