Copyright concern for Kodi streaming boxes
Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 28 September 2016« Return to Reading Room
A new technological revelation released onto the market has come under fire for the way in which it allows content to be viewed.
Kodi ‘fully loaded’ boxes have recently been released onto the market and promise the user the ability to stream videos to the set-top box including content on subscription platforms without having to pay the fee to watch.
These boxes are modified versions of the legitimate product made by Kodi which only allows the viewing of ‘freely available’ content. The software in these original products however have been adapted with third party add-ons which then provides additional access to the media normally restricted by a subscription fee.
For this reason, they have grown popularity as it seems to be a way of getting around any extra costs to watch your favourite shows that would otherwise not be available to you.
However, this ‘too good to be true’ concept is exactly that as the trader behind these add-ons, Brian Thompson, found out. He has appeared in court with the accusation that the selling of the boxes will facilitate the circumvention of copyright protection measures.
In simple terms, by removing the fee he is allowing viewers to gain access to copyright protected materials for free against the wishes of their creators.
The owners of Kodi have spoken out to condemn those who are making the add-ons and selling the modified boxes as genuine and legal Kodi products. They have said they would keep a "neutral stance on what users do with their own software", but would battle those using the Kodi trademark to sell a "fully-loaded Kodi box".
Brian Thompson next appearance in court will be on the 27th October and many in the industry are waiting with baited breath for the outcome, with some saying it could be a landmark case.
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