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Using a Kodi Box could soon be illegal

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Written by Kamil Arli

Tech Columnist AARON BROWN published an article on the Kodi Box. 

USING a Kodi Box could soon be illegal, following a fresh round of discussions from the UK’s Intellectual Property Office about how best to tackle copyright and fraud caused by these hugely-popular streaming boxes

Watching content on a Kodi Box could soon be illegal.

Following a growing number of complaints from right-holders and broadcasters, the UK’s Intellectual Property Office, or IPO, is purportedly holding a number of meetings to decide whether the law needs to be changed to tackle the popularity of Kodi boxes.

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THERE HAVE ALREADY BEEN A NUMBER OF ARRESTS DUE TO KODI BOXES IN THE UK

There have already been a number of arrests due to Kodi boxes in the UK.

Five people accused of selling illegally modified versions of the popular set-top boxes were taken into custody last month after a series of early morning raids.

Cases are pending, but there is clearly a focus on these boxes.

For those who do not know, Kodi is an open-source media player that’s available to install on a range of devices.

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THE SOFTWARE WAS PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS XBMC

The software was previously known as XBMC, or Xbox Media Centre, since that was the only hardware is was designed to run on.

But that has changed over the years, as the media player evolved, thanks to hundreds of coders across the globe tinkering with the software.

Since it first launched back in 2003, Kodi has been shaped by some 500 developers and 200 translators.

And now the open-source media player runs on a whole host of different devices. In fact, some estimates place 20 million devices in use in the UK at the moment.

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In a nutshell, it turns any desktop computer, server, smartphone, tablet or set-top box into a media player able to stream files from the internet, your home network or local HDD storage. Unlike the Apple TV, Google ChromeCast or others, the Kodi media player is not restricted by licensing agreements, or a curated app store.

That means Kodi users can download a plethora of community-built apps, that might not be approved under the guidelines that govern the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and others.

 

About the author

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Kamil Arli

Editor of DigitalReview.co. Digital Media Consultant

1 Comment

  • Is it illegal to own a hammer just because they “can” be used to do illegal things?

    Tools that have legitimate legal purposes should not be made illegal just because they could be used for illegal things. No matter how much money is being given to the politicians by lobby groups.

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