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Five people have been arrested on suspicion of selling Kodi boxes configured to receive pay TV

Written by Samuel O'Toole on 12 February 2017

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Sky, Virgin, BT, The Premier League, FACT and The police Intellectual Property Crime Unit all teamed up, their work lead to the arrest of the five individuals that have allegedly supplying Kodi boxes with unlicensed add-ons.

Kodi is a legal media player, the third party add-ons on the other hand are not so legal. These third party add-ons allow access to licensed content, not surprisingly copyright holders, broadcasters and even the people behind Kodi are reported as not liking it.

The police don’t like it either; warrants were executed in Tameside, Bolton, Manchester, Cheadle and Rhyl leading to the arrest of four men and one woman.  In the homes of all five, it has been reported that there was “fully-loaded” Kodi Boxes with unlicensed add-ons, furthermore, it has been alleged that they have made £250,000 from sales of the boxes.

Kieron Sharp the Director General of FACT warned other sellers stating that “Today’s day of action should send out a clear warning to anyone involved in the sale and distribution of illegal set-top boxes that law enforcement and industry take this matter very seriously,”

It has been reported that two further investigations have been passed over to HMRC for further action, whilst offenders of a lower scale have been issued cease and desist letters. However, plenty of “fully-loaded” set-top boxes are for sale on various online market places. I guess we will have to wait and see as to the effect of increased action on behalf of the rights holders. 

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