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  1. Rights Holders Launch Landmark Case Against Pirate Android Box Sellers Just click on the picture below and PLEASE click some of our adverts on the site to help server costs, ❤️ thank you so much ❤️? Thank You And Have A Great Day
  2. The UK’s Intellectual Property Office has today published advice on so-called ‘Illicit Streaming Devices’. Noting the importance of ensuring that copyright holders get paid, the IPO warns that ‘Kodi boxes’ and ‘Android TV boxes’ present a threat to child welfare while presenting an electrical safety hazard to the public. If you have one, you should wipe it clean now, the government says. With torrents and other methods of obtaining content simmering away in the background, unauthorized streaming is the now the method of choice for millions of pirates around the globe. Previously accessible only via a desktop browser, streaming is now available on a wide range of devices, from tablets and phones through to dedicated set-top box. These, collectively, are now being branded Illicit Streaming Devices (ISD) by the entertainment industries. It’s terminology the UK government’s Intellectual Property Office has adopted this morning. In a new public advisory, the IPO notes that illicit streaming is the watching of content without the copyright owner’s permission using a variety of devices. “Illicit streaming devices are physical boxes that are connected to your TV or USB sticks that plug into the TV such as adapted Amazon Fire sticks and so called ‘Kodi’ boxes or Android TV boxes,” the IPO reports. “These devices are legal when used to watch legitimate, free to air, content. They become illegal once they are adapted to stream illicit content, for example TV programmes, films and subscription sports channels without paying the appropriate subscriptions.” The IPO notes that streaming devices usually need to be loaded with special software add-ons in order to view copyright-infringing content. However, there are now dedicated apps available to view movies and TV shows which can be loaded straight on to smartphones and tablets. But how can people know if the device they have is an ISD or not? According to the IPO it’s all down to common sense. If people usually charge for the content you’re getting for free, it’s illegal. “If you are watching television programmes, films or sporting events where you would normally be paying to view them and you have not paid, you are likely to be using an illicit streaming device (ISD) or app. This could include a film recently released in the cinema, a sporting event that is being broadcast by BT Sport or a television programme, like Game of Thrones, that is only available on Sky,” the IPO says. In an effort to familiarize the public with some of the terminology used by ISD sellers on eBay, Amazon or Gumtree, for example, the IPO then wanders into a bit of a minefield that really needs much greater clarification. First up, the government states that ISDs are often described online as being “Fully loaded”, which is a colloquial term for a device with addons already installed. Although they won’t all be infringing, it’s very often the case that the majority are intended to be, so no problems here. However, the IPO then says that people should keep an eye out for the term ‘jail broken’, which many readers will understand to be the process some hardware devices, such as Apple products, are put through in order for third-party software to be run on them. On occasion, some ISD sellers do put this term on Android devices, for example, but it’s incorrect, in a tiny minority, and of course misleading. The IPO also warns people against devices marketed as “Plug and Play” but again this is a dual-use term and shouldn’t put consumers off a purchase without a proper investigation. A search on eBay this morning for that exact term didn’t yield any ISDs at all, only games consoles that can be plugged in and played with a minimum of fuss. “Subscription Gift”, on the other hand, almost certainly references an illicit IPTV or satellite card-sharing subscription and is rarely used for anything else. 100% illegal, no doubt. The government continues by giving reasons why people should avoid ISDs, not least since their use deprives the content industries of valuable revenue. “[The creative industries] provide employment for more than 1.9 million people and contributes £84.1 billion to our economy. Using illicit streaming devices is illegal,” the IPO writes. “If you are not paying for this content you are depriving industry of the revenue it needs to fund the next generation of TV programmes, films and sporting events we all enjoy. Instead it provides funds for the organized criminals who sell or adapt these illicit devices.” Then, in keeping with the danger-based narrative employed by the entertainment industries’ recently, the government also warns that ISDs can have a negative effect on child welfare, not to mention on physical safety in the home. “These devices often lack parental controls. Using them could expose children or young people to explicit or age inappropriate content,” the IPO warns. “Another important reason for consumers to avoid purchasing these streaming devices is from an electrical safety point of view. Where devices and their power cables have been tested, some have failed EU safety standards and have the potential to present a real danger to the public, causing a fire in your home or premises.” While there can be no doubt whatsoever that failing EU electrical standards in any way is unacceptable for any device, the recent headlines stating that “Kodi Boxes Can Kill Their Owners” are sensational at best and don’t present the full picture. As reported this weekend, simply not having a recognized branding on such devices means that they fail electrical standards, with non-genuine phone chargers presenting a greater risk around the UK. Finally, the government offers some advice for people who either want to get off the ISD gravy train or ensure that others don’t benefit from it. “These devices can be used legally by removing the software. If you are unsure get advice to help you use the device legally. If you wish to watch content that’s only available via subscription, such as sports, you should approach the relevant provider to find out about legal ways to watch,” the IPO advises. “Get it Right from a Genuine Site helps you get the music, TV, films, games, books, newspapers, magazines and sport that you love from genuine services.” And, if the public thinks that people selling such devices deserve a visit from the authorities, people are asked to report them to the Crimestoppers charity via an anonymous hotline. The government’s guidance is exactly what one might expect, given that the advisory is likely to have been strongly assisted by companies including the Federation Against Copyright Theft, Premier League, and Sky, who have taken the lead in this area during the past year or so. The big question is, however, whether many people using these devices really believe that obtaining subscription TV, movies, and sports for next to free is 100% legal. If there are people out there they must be in the minority but at least the government itself is now putting them on the right path. ILLEGAL STREAMING ILLICIT STREAMING DEVICES KODI KODI BOXES STREAMING UK Thank You And Have A Great Day Official site: http://streamhelp.org Help/Support Forum: http://koditalk.org Follow Techtimeruuu on twitter: https://twitter.com/techtimeruuu Techtimeruuu Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/techtimeruuu Follow Mixdoctor on twitter: https://twitter.com/Kodi_Mixdoctor Mixdoctor Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100015663541691
  3. MPAA Lobbies US Congress on Streaming Piracy Boxes Just click on the picture below and PLEASE click some of our adverts on the site to help server costs, ❤️ thank you so much ❤️? Thank You And Have A Great Day
  4. Hollywood Giants Sue Kodi-powered ‘TickBox TV’ Over Piracy Several major Hollywood studios, Amazon, and Netflix have filed a lawsuit against TickBox TV, a Kodi-powered streaming device. The companies accuse Tickbox of promoting their device as a pirate tool, showing users how they can access infringing content. The lawsuit is the first of its kind in the United States. Online streaming piracy is booming and many people use dedicated media players to bring this content to their regular TVs. The bare hardware is not illegal and neither is media player software such as Kodi. When these devices are loaded with copyright-infringing addons, however, they turn into an unprecedented piracy threat. It becomes even more problematic when the sellers of these devices market their products as pirate tools. This is exactly what TickBox TV does, according to Hollywood’s major movie studios, Netflix, and Amazon. TickBox is a Georgia-based provider of set-top boxes that allow users to stream a variety of popular media. The company’s devices use the Kodi media player and come with instructions on how to add various add-ons. In a complaint filed in a California federal court yesterday, Universal, Columbia Pictures, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros, Amazon, and Netflix accuse Tickbox of inducing and contributing to copyright infringement. “TickBox sells ‘TickBox TV,’ a computer hardware device that TickBox urges its customers to use as a tool for the mass infringement of Plaintiffs’ copyrighted motion pictures and television shows,” the complaint, picked up by THR, reads. While the device itself does not host any infringing content, users are informed where they can find it. The movie and TV studios stress that Tickbox’s marketing highlights its infringing uses with statements such as “if you’re tired of wasting money with online streaming services like Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.” Sick of paying high monthly fees? “TickBox promotes the use of TickBox TV for overwhelmingly, if not exclusively, infringing purposes, and that is how its customers use TickBox TV. TickBox advertises TickBox TV as a substitute for authorized and legitimate distribution channels such as cable television or video-on-demand services like Amazon Prime and Netflix,” the studios’ lawyers write. The complaint explains in detail how TickBox works. When users first boot up their device they are prompted to download the “TickBox TV Player” software. This comes with an instruction video guiding people to infringing streams. “The TickBox TV instructional video urges the customer to use the ‘Select Your Theme’ button on the start-up menu for downloading addons. The ‘Themes’ are curated collections of popular addons that link to unauthorized streams of motion pictures and television shows.” “Some of the most popular addons currently distributed — which are available through TickBox TV — are titled ‘Elysium,’ ‘Bob,’ and ‘Covenant’,” the complaint adds, showing screenshots of the interface. Covenant The movie and TV studios, which are the founding members of the recently launched ACE anti-piracy initiative, want TickBox to stop selling their devices. In addition, they demand compensation for the damages they’ve suffered. Requesting the maximum statutory damages of $150,000 per copyright infringement, this can run into the millions. The involvement of Amazon, albeit the content division, is notable since the online store itself sells dozens of similar streaming devices, some of which even list “infringing” addons. The TickBox lawsuit is the first case in the United States where a group of major Hollywood players is targeting a streaming device. Earlier this year various Hollywood insiders voiced concerns about the piracy streaming epidemic and if this case goes their way, it probably won’t be the last. — A copy of the full complaint is available here (pdf)
  5. Landmark ‘Pirate’ Kodi Box Trial Canceled After Man Changes Plea to Guilty A landmark trial over the sale of Kodi devices augmented with ‘pirate’ addons has been canceled after the defendant changed his plea. UK-based Brian Thompson would’ve been the first person to fight charges of “circumvention of effective technological measures” in such a case but a late guilty plea means he’ll be sentenced next month. Over the past year, there have been a lot of discussions about UK-based Brian ‘Tomo’ Thompson. The Middlesbrough-based shopkeeper was raided by police and Trading Standards in 2016 after selling “fully loaded” Android boxes from his small shop. The case against Thompson is being prosecuted by his local council but right from the very beginning, he insisted he’d done nothing wrong. “All I want to know is whether I am doing anything illegal. I know it’s a gray area but I want it in black and white,” he said last September. In January this year, Thompson appeared before Teeside Crown Court for a plea hearing. He pleaded not guilty to two offenses under section 296ZB of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. This section deals with devices and services designed to circumvent technological measures. “A person commits an offense if he — in the course of a business — sells or lets for hire, any device, product or component which is primarily designed, produced, or adapted for the purpose of enabling or facilitating the circumvention of effective technological measures,” the law reads. This section of the law has never been tested against infringing Kodi/IPTV boxes so a full trial would have been an extremely interesting proposition. However, everyone was denied that opportunity this morning when Thompson appeared before Teesside Crown Court with a change of heart. Before Judge Peter Armstrong, the 54-year-old businessman changed his previous not guilty plea to guilty on both counts. According to GazetteLive, defense barrister Paul Fleming told the Court there had been “an exchange of correspondence” in the case. “There is a proposal in relation to pleas which are acceptable to the prosecution,” Fleming said. Judge Armstrong told Thompson that the case will now be adjourned until October 20 to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared. “Your bail is renewed until that date. I have to warn you that the renewal of your bail at this stage mustn’t be taken by you as any indication of the type of sentence that’ll be passed,” the Judge said. “I don’t know what the sentence will be but all options will be open to the court when you’re dealt with. Free to go on those terms.” Thompson will be sentenced on the same day as Julian Allen, who was arrestedfollowing raids at his Geeky Kit businesses in 2015. Thank You ? And Have A Great Day. The Mixdoctor Team Member of koditalk.org
  6. A Million ‘Pirate’ Boxes Sold in the UK During The Last Two Years Just click on the picture below and PLEASE click some of our adverts on the site to help server costs, ❤️ thank you so much ❤️? Thank You And Have A Great Day
  7. Kodi Box NOT WORKING? Devices with add-ons unable to stream video, users claim KODI has published a statement following a slew of complaints from users of so-called Kodi Boxes that their streaming add-ons and IPTV plugins have stopped working. Noticed some of the add-ons and plugins installed on your Kodi Box have stopped working? You’re not alone. In a new blog post, Kodi confirmed that a swathe of third-party add-ons have ceased to work on the platform following a crackdown on online piracy. Back in May, the Digital Economy Act received royal assent – and increased the maximum jail sentence for copyright infringement in the UK from two to three years. Separately, the European Court of Justice ruled that streaming copyright-protected materialwithout the right-holders permission was illegal. Downloading pirated copies of movies, music, and television shows has always constituted copyright infringement. However, streaming the same content was previously a legal grey area. That’s because files that are stored temporarily – like those being created and constantly overwritten when streaming media content online – were technically exempt under copyright law. This loophole enabled those who sold set-top boxes, like those powered by the Kodi media player, to promote the easy facilitation of piracy via streaming. The combination of this landmark ruling and the increase in sanctions for those who infringe copyright has led some developers to abandon Kodi. In early June, Kodi fans saw one of the most popular destinations for third-party add-ons removed from the web. TVAddons, which hosted a number of add-ons that enabled free streaming of copyright-protected material, was taken offline completely. Even its Facebook page was unavailable, blog TorrentFreak reported. TVAddons offers Kodi users the chance to access numerous illegal streams such as premium live sport and movie channels. Kodi is a neutral, open-source media player that can be installed on a broad range of devices – from discount set-top boxes powered by Android, to known brands, like Amazon Fire TV Stick. Kodi itself is completely legal. Although, it’s worth checking to make sure that you will not violate the manufacturer’s terms and conditions when installing the open-source software onto their hardware. Ready-made “pirate” devices preloaded with a number of third-party add-ons designed to facilitate piracy are colloquially known as Kodi Boxes or IPTV Boxes. According to YouGov data, around five million people in the UK use pirated TV streaming services via so-called Kodi Boxes, Amazon Fire TV Chipped Sticks, and illegal streaming apps on smartphones and tablets. Last September, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) branded the use of Kodi software to tune into pirated streams as an “epidemic”. Writing on its official blog, Kodi said: “Due to recent legal action against websites and repositories promoting add-ons that use pirated (stolen) media content, many have shut-down their services. “This is driving a large increase in users complaining in our forums and on social media about their ‘Kodi Box’ no longer working.” If you post in our forums or social channels about a pirate add-on or streaming service not working please expect ZERO sympathy or support. We don’t care Kodi Spokesperson Kodi is run by a team of unpaid developers who volunteer their time and expertise to create the hugely-popular media player and manage the brand. “If you post in our forums or social channels about a pirate add-on or streaming service not working please expect ZERO sympathy or support. We don’t care,” the blog post is at pains to point out. “We care less than not caring. We don’t care biggly. And to counter a popular comment; if the Kodi userbase drops a huge percentage because pirate services flee or die, we’re fine with that. “Kodi has been around since 2002 and we are not going to implode or disappear (unlike the pirates). “Life will be a little quieter, but less time spent on self-entitled whiny people means more time writing great code and having fun. We’re okay with that too.” The news comes as Facebook updated its advertising policy to explicitly ban the sale of any streaming device that facilitates or encourages unauthorised access to digital media. The social network confirmed to Express.co.uk that it tweaked its Commerce Policy to prohibit the sales of these so-called Kodi Boxes. Facebook is following in the footsteps of similar blanket bans from the likes of eBay and Amazon. The latter has taken an increasingly tough stance on streaming boxes that “promote” or “suggest” the easy facilitation of piracy. Sellers who violate the policy could see any inventory stored in Amazon fulfilment centres destroyed – with no reimbursement, the company warns in its updated policy. While online marketplaces, like those operated by Facebook, Amazon and eBay, are targeting the sale of these ready-made Kodi streaming devices – other agencies have targeted the streaming that enable the piracy. The Premier League recently launched its “largest ever” crackdown on streams fuelling piracy on these set-top boxes, like those running Kodi. Speaking to The Guardian, a spokesperson for the Premier League said: “The Premier League is currently engaged in its largest ever anti-piracy campaign to protect its copyright. “Like other sports and creative industries our model is predicated on the ability to market and sell rights and protect our intellectual property. It is because of this that clubs can invest in and develop talented players, build world-class stadiums, support the English football pyramid and schools and communities across the country – all things that fans enjoy and wider society benefits from.” The Premier League recently secured a hugely significant court order which is aimed at stopping rights-infringing video streams of its matches. This new ruling gives the league the ability to block servers which are broadcasting the games – stopping users of Kodi and other streaming devices from tuning in for free. Until now, rights holders could only close individual streams which could easily be restarted via a new server. The Premier League says they are implementing the order because of concerns that fans are side-stepping premium pay services, such as Sky and BT Sport, who each pay huge sums for the rights to broadcast the matches. Thank You And Have A Great Day. The Mixdoctor Team Member of koditalk.org
  8. HUNDREDS of Kodi Box sellers have been shutdown, following a ruling by the EU Court of Justice back in April that made the sale of preloaded pirate streaming set-top boxes and add-ons illegal, an anti-piracy group has revealed. Hundreds of Kodi Box sellers have been shut down since the EU ruling in April Kodi Boxes – which have previously been described as an “epidemic” in the UK – are now a little harder to find. According to the Protection Rights Entertainment Industry Netherlands (BREIN), around 200 individuals and companies selling so-called Kodi Boxes have been shut down since April. The majority of these sellers were selling the pirate streaming devices through dedicated sites and major online shopping destinations, like Amazon, Facebook and eBay. Each of these online retail sites has previous spoken-out against the illegal pirate devices. Earlier this year, Amazon confirmed that sellers who violate its policy would see any inventory stored in Amazon fulfilment centres destroyed – with no reimbursement. “Typically we send an explanatory letter with a cease and desist undertaking,” BREIN Chief Tim Kuik told blog TorrentFreak. “Everyone gets the opportunity to settle. Most take it.” Kodi guide – All the devices you own that can run this streaming app KODI is legal if used correctly and here’s all the devices that can run this streaming software. KODI GUIDE – which devices are compatible But should the seller refuse to comply with the cease and desist, Kuik says “wilful infringement is assumed and this means no more warnings. “Providers who settle with BREIN pay up to 10,000 euros. Those who continue can count on a multiple of that. There’s a raw deal for those who think they’ll just get a warning. That time is now over Tim Kuik, BREIN “There’s a raw deal for those who think they’ll just get a warning. That time is now over.” Back in April, a ruling by the EU Court of Justice – Europe’s highest court – made it easier for member states to stop the sale of preloaded media players and streaming add-ons. The court ruled: “In the present case and having regard, in particular, to the content of the advertising of the multimedia player and to the fact that the main attraction of that player for potential purchasers is the pre-installation of the add-ons concerned, the Court finds that the purchaser of such a player accesses a free and unauthorised offer of protected works deliberately and in full knowledge of the circumstances.” The following month, the Digital Economy Act received royal assent – and increased the maximum jail sentence for copyright infringement in the UK from two to three years. The combination of this landmark ruling and the increase in sanctions for those who infringe copyright has led some developers to abandon Kodi. In early June, Kodi fans saw one of the most popular destinations for third-party add-ons removed from the web. TVAddons, which hosted a number of add-ons that enabled free streaming of copyright-protected material, was taken offline completely. Even its Facebook page was unavailable, blog TorrentFreak reported. TVAddons offers Kodi users the chance to access numerous illegal streams such as premium live sport and movie channels. Kodi is a neutral, open-source media player that can be installed on a broad range of devices – from discount set-top boxes powered by Android, to known brands, like Amazon Fire TV Stick. The BEST Kodi Add-On and Plugins We’d Love To See On Kodi Boxes Kodi project lead Martijn Kaijser has revealed his team is looking to bring Digital Rights Management (DRM) to the platform to entice legitimate sources of copyrighted content to Kodi. If the plan works, here are some of the best movies, live sports and video games we’d love to see make the jump to Kodi BBC • KODI 1 of 13 Apps we’d love to see make the jump from Apple TV to the Kodi Add-On store Kodi itself is completely legal. Although, it’s worth checking to make sure that you will not violate the manufacturer’s terms and conditions when installing the open-source software onto their hardware. Ready-made “pirate” devices preloaded with a number of third-party add-ons designed to facilitate piracy are colloquially known as Kodi Boxes or IPTV Boxes. According to YouGov data, around five million people in the UK use pirated TV streaming services via so-called Kodi Boxes, Amazon Fire TV Chipped Sticks, and illegal streaming apps on smartphones and tablets. Thank You ? And Have A Great Day. The Mixdoctor Team Member of koditalk.org
  9. Facebook Bans Sale of Piracy-Enabling Products & Devices (KODI BOXES) Facebook has updated its Commerce Policy to include a ban on “products or items” that facilitate or encourage unauthorized access to digital media. The new rule has almost certainly been put in place to stop the further spread of “fully loaded” set-top devices running modified Kodi and similar software. Riding the crest of a wave made possible by the rise of Internet streaming, piracy-enabled set-top boxes and similar devices have been hitting the homes of millions around the globe. Often given the broad title of ‘Kodi Boxes’ after the legal open source software that commonly comes pre-installed, these devices are regularly configured for piracy with the aid of third-party addons. Easy to use, set-top devices have opened up piracy to a whole new audience, normalizing it during the process. It’s a problem now being grappled with by anti-piracy outfits in a number of ways, including putting pressure on services where the boxes are being sold. Now there are signs that Facebook has decided – or more likely been persuaded – to ban the sale of these devices from its platform. The latest addition to its Commerce Policy carries a new rule (13) which targets infringing set-top boxes almost perfectly. “Items, products or services sold on Facebook must comply with our Community Standards, as well as the Commerce Policies,” the page reads. “Sale of the following is prohibited on Facebook: Products or items that facilitate or encourage unauthorized access to digital media.” The move by Facebook follows similar overtures from Amazon back in March. In a change to its policies, the company said that devices that promote or facilitate infringement would not be tolerated. “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,” Amazon said. “Any streaming media player or other device that violates this policy is prohibited from sale on Amazon,” the company added. The recent move by Facebook was welcomed by Federation Against Copyright Theft chief, Kieron Sharp. “It is great to see Facebook follow the likes of Amazon and eBay in making changes to their policies to prohibit the sale of illicit streaming devices on their platforms,” Sharpe said. “These days social media sites are more than just a place to share photos and comments with friends and family. Unfortunately, the fast-paced development of these sites are being exploited by opportunists for criminal activity which needs to be disrupted.” The sale of infringing devices on social media does indeed pose a challenge to the likes of FACT. While most piracy devices have traditionally needed an expert touch to configure and then sell, in 2017 almost anyone can buy a standard Android device and set it up for piracy in a matter of minutes. This means that every interested citizen is a potential seller and Facebook provides a perfect platform that people are already familiar with. Nevertheless, recent rulings from the EU Court of Justice have clarified two key issues, both of which will help in the fight to reduce the availability of ‘pirate’ boxes, wherever they appear. In April, the ECJ declared such devices illegal to sell while clarifying that users who stream pirate content to their homes are also breaking the law. It’s unlikely that any end users will be punished (particularly to the ridiculous extenterroneously reported by some media), but it certainly helps to demonstrate illegality across the board when outfits like FACT are considering prosecutions. Thank You ? And Have A Great Day. The Mixdoctor Team Member of koditalk.org
  10. UK Kodi users will be threatened with 10 YEARS in PRISON Just click on the picture below and PLEASE click some of our adverts on the site to help server costs, ❤️ thank you so much ❤️? This is now getting beyond a Joke whatever next ???? A CHANGE to UK law could hand copyright trolls the opportunity to threaten online users – including those who stream content using Kodi software, and torrent websites – with prison sentences of up to 10 years. The Government’s Digital Economy Bill could hand copyright trolls the opportunity to threaten online users with prison sentences of up to 10 years. According to a new campaign page by the Open Rights Group – a digital campaigning organisation that aims to protect the rights to privacy and free speech online – the Bill criminalises minor copyright infringement. Open Rights Group want to change the Digital Economy Bill so that it is more specific. The Government wants to use the Bill to increase penalties for criminals running websites that allow people to download copyright-protected material. However the proposed legislation will criminalise any infringement where money has not been paid for copyrighted content, or where it can be proven that there is a “risk of loss”. That could include people who fileshare, or send copyrighted material as a GIF. According to the Open Rights Group, the Government has been warned twice that this ambiguous phrasing could help copyright trolls. Copyright trolls are often legal firms that send out legal warning letters to people suspected of unauthorised downloading of copyright works. These firms often mail-out the warnings in a scattershot approach, often sending the warnings to people who have never downloaded this type of material. The trolls threaten court action unless the individual pays a large sum of money. If the Digital Economy Bill passes unchanged, the Open Rights Group claims, these trolls will be able to send out warning letters threatening users with 10 years imprisonment. That is surely going to increase their chance of success when targeting people with these mass emails. The Kodi media player lets you stream from local, or networked storage, as well as online sources The news comes as the UK’s Intellectual Property Office, or IPO, has launched a consolation about the growing popularity of Kodi boxes. For those who do not know, Kodi is an open-source media player that’s available to install on a range of devices. 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. 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. The Kodi software itself is perfectly legal, however, it does allow users to install additional applications that allow them to access copyrighted material – uploaded, shared or streamed from other users across the globe. Kodi users could be threatened with a 10 year prison sentence However the problem with Kodi is that content is illegally taken from content providers like Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, Netflix, BBC Worldwide and others. Those who use the Kodi platform to access this material would be taking a serious risk. The IPO has called a consultation and is asking for input from a number of groups with experience of investigating and prosecuting offences related to these streaming devices, often dubbed Fully-Loaded Kodi Boxes when being sold on online marketplaces or auction websites, TorrentFreak has reported. Anyone with relevant information for the UK Intellectual Property Office is also welcome to participate in the consultation. An example of the Kodi Boxes that are available to buy online In a post about its consultation about Kodi Boxes, the IPO writes: “Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) boxes (also known as set-top boxes, Android TV boxes or Kodi boxes) are small plug and play media servers, originally designed to allow consumers to stream legitimate content (locally stored or legal online content). “Despite the legitimate use of this equipment, software is widely available (illicit Kodi extensions being the best known) which connect the boxes to illegal content through streaming websites, file lockers and BitTorrent trackers.” According to the UK Intellectual Property Office, the proliferation of devices with the required software preinstalled – sold at relatively low prices online – has triggered to a sharp increase in use from consumers. It’s these ready-made streaming set-top boxes, sold using hardware from a variety of different brands, that are colloquially dubbed Kodi Boxes. 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  13. ‘Kodi Box’ Consultation Launched By Intellectual Property Office UK & EUROPE WRITING NEW LAWS Just click on the picture below CHECK OUT OUR NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL BY CLICKING HERE ?The Mixdoctor ? Team Member of forum.place & Extreme Kodi Testing ( Check us out too ) You Can Now Follow Me On Twitter https://twitter.com/Kodi_Mixdoctor CHECK OUT OUR LATEST SITE Stream Help http://streamhelp.org If We Or This Forum Has Helped You Please Consider Donating To Keep All Videos And Forums Up To Date And Active As The Server Costs Are Great Remember Click Around The Adverts As This Also Helps Pay For Server Costs Thank You And Have A Great Day ? KODI DISCLAIMER We are not connected to or in any other way affiliated with Kodi, Team Kodi, or the XBMC Foundation. The 3rd Party addons are not the property of Kodi.tv and not supported by them. Third party addons will not receive any support in official Kodi channels, including the Kodi forums and various social networks