Pirate media players are now banned
Written by Samuel O'Toole on 04 April 2017« Return to Reading Room
Kodi is software that allows users to stream media, on its own the software it is perfectly legal. However, when used in conjunction with third party add-ons that allow users to stream paid for content it becomes very much copyright infringement.
Fully loaded Kodi boxes are boxes that have been pre loaded with the Kodi software and third party add-ons. These fully loaded boxes have been for sale all over the place, especially on internet market sites. One place in particular was Amazon, and although they have never expressly allowed the sale of copyright infringing devices, they had been very easy to find on the online market place.
However, this has all changed, Amazon has recently published a policy regarding the sale of pirate media players.
The new policy states that “Products offered for sale on Amazon should not promote, suggest the facilitation of, or actively enable the infringement of or unauthorized access to digital media or other protected content. Any streaming media player or other device that violates this policy is prohibited from sale on Amazon”
Amazon will leave it to the vendors to determine if their product is one that meets the criteria above. The vendors should edge on the side of caution, if they are in breach they will potentially have their stock destroyed and any pending payments may be withheld or forfeited under the policy.
At the moment there are still pirate media players for sale on Amazon, only time will tell as to the effectiveness of the policy.
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