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      🔥🔥 THE BEAST ∃NCORE LATEST RELEASE NOVEMBER 14th for  Kodi 17+ ONLY 🔥🔥   11/14/2017

      🔥🔥 THE BEAST ∃NCORE LATEST RELEASE 🔥🔥 🔥🔥 NOVEMBER 14th for  Kodi 17+ ONLY 🔥🔥 PLEASE NOTE THIS BUILD IS FOR KODI  VERSIONS 17 UPWARDS, ONLY AND WILL NOT WORK ON KODI 16+ YES it's back at last and a completely rebuilt for Kodi 17+, even with the RED theme and looks AMAZZING.  Again we have to thank @ChrisB for all his work in bringing us this magnificent build, @Tech Timeruuu for our wizards (what would we do without him eh?) 🇺🇸👍. We now have updates for all our builds 17.3 and 17.4 in our wizards including our forums own build The Royalist. As I have said before PLEASE remember that Addon's come and go and somedays work and other days not as this is the world of Kodi and it seems its going to be like this for a while as the powers try their best to stop us doing what we do best. As of today all addons on the new release are working 100% but we all know things change and this is another reason why we do our best and keep updating so you all have the latest working addons for your enjoyment. Remember GUYS n GALS We make this free of charge and don’t like accepting donations. All we ask is that you please click on a few ads here and on one of The BEAST sites to help with our growing server costs   So on with the install people and enjoy The Best Build. The VIDEO GUIDE for this is near the bottom of this post HOW TO INSTALL THE LATEST BEAST ENCORE Register at https://thebeast1.com (UK Server) or https://thebeast2.com (US Server) Add a username, email address and password then click Register PLEASE NOTE when you are registering only use letters and numbers ( apart from the @ in your email ) and do not use any symbols what so ever like ( !#$%^&*()_+?>< ). After the registration notification appears "Thank you for registering with us. Please  log in to continue." select  log in Enter the email password you used in the first step and click Log in You'll see the Name you chose, your chosen email, and verify. Select Verify –  DO NOT MISS THIS PART You will see weather icons. Wait for it to end. Log in for the last time: If you see  VERIFIED next to your chosen email, you've registered successfully. You  WILL NOT receive any emails. That has not been in place for months. Registration Complete, Open Kodi to Install the Latest BEAST update for KODI 16/17 -From KODI Home Screen > Add-ons > Settings (Gear symbol), top left
       >Enable Unknown Sources. BACK to KODI HOME screen > Settings (Gear Symbol), top left 
       > File Manager 
       > Add Source. Select None Type the following  EXACTLY http://thebeast1.com/repo/ and select Done OR For the USA source please use http://thebeast2.com/repo – but you must sign up at http://thebeast2.com for this (If one doesn't work, try the other, but you must register and enter the same one) Highlight the box underneath that says repo, clear it and type beast & Select OK Go back to your Home Screen Add-Ons > Click Open box in top left corner (Add-on Browser)  Select Install from zip file Select The Beast or whatever name you typed. Select  repository.beast Select repository.beast-xxx.zip *(where xxx is the version number)* Go back and select install from repository and choose The Beast Repository Go to Program add-ons and select either  The Beast Wizard U.K. or  The Beast Wizard U.S. depending on where you are. After making your selection click  Install The Beast Wizard pop up will greet you with a message and an option to the  Build Menu Click on  Build Menu You will need to enter your email and password you just created by clicking on  Enter Details Select the build you wish to install from this wizard -Make sure to chose Most Recent Dated Build Click where it says  CLICK TO UPDATE Click  Yes, Install The Beast Encore will start to download After the download completes the build will start extracting. After extraction just click OK and click on Yes, Close. launch Kodi, wait 1-3 minutes for build to finish updating. VIDEO GUIDE BELOW (Please note even though it's November 2nd Release video, the install is exactly the same for the 14th release, just choose the latest date of releases in the wizard when you install)   As always please like this video and subscribe to our channel to keep bringing you awesome videos. Official site: http://streamhelp.org
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    • Mixdoctor

      🔥⭐️👊 THE BEAST NOVEMBER 14th UPDATE  FOR KODI 17+ IS NOW IN OUR WIZARD 👊🏼⭐️🔥   11/14/2017

      🔥⭐️👊 THE BEAST NOVEMBER 14th UPDATE  FOR KODI 17+ IS NOW IN OUR WIZARD 👊🏼⭐️🔥   Thats right people, The  Beast for all versions of Kodi 17 has now been UPDATED yet again for you all, and is totally awesome and packed with all working addons.  This release gets rid of all the addons that have stoped working or has updated the addons that no longer worked and Chris has done a fantastic job on this release yet again for us all. Again we have to thank @ChrisB for all his work in bringing us this magnificent build, @Tech Timeruuu for our wizards (what would we do without him eh?) 🇺🇸👍. We now have updates for all our builds 17.3 and 17.4 in our wizards including our forums own build The Royalist. As I have said before PLEASE remember that Addon's come and go and somedays work and other days not as this is the world of Kodi and it seems its going to be like this for a while as the powers try their best to stop us doing what we do best. As of today all addons on the new release are working 100% but we all know things change and this is another reason why we do our best and keep updating so you all have the latest working addons for your enjoyment. Remember GUYS n GALS We make this free of charge and don’t like accepting donations either. All we ask is that you please click on a few ads here and on one of The BEAST sites to help with our growing server costs   So on with the install people and enjoy The Best Build. The VIDEO GUIDE for this is near the bottom of this post, It is the same video as the official October release. All you need to do if you are a new to our builds is at the end install the latest dated version of the build that you can see in our wizard. HOW TO INSTALL THE LATEST BEAST Register at https://thebeast1.com (UK Server) or https://thebeast2.com (US Server) Add a username, email address and password then click Register PLEASE NOTE when you are registering only use letters and numbers ( apart from the @ in your email ) and do not use any symbols what so ever like ( !#$%^&*()_+?>< ). After the registration notification appears "Thank you for registering with us. Please  log in to continue." select  log in Enter the email password you used in the first step and click Log in You'll see the Name you chose, your chosen email, and verify. Select Verify –  DO NOT MISS THIS PART You will see weather icons. Wait for it to end. Log in for the last time: If you see  VERIFIED next to your chosen email, you've registered successfully. You  WILL NOT receive any emails. That has not been in place for months. Registration Complete, Open Kodi to Install the Latest BEAST update for KODI 16/17 -From KODI Home Screen > Add-ons > Settings (Gear symbol), top left
       >Enable Unknown Sources. BACK to KODI HOME screen > Settings (Gear Symbol), top left 
       > File Manager 
       > Add Source. Select None Type the following  EXACTLY http://thebeast1.com/repo/ and select Done OR For the USA source please use http://thebeast2.com/repo – but you must sign up at http://thebeast2.com for this (If one doesn't work, try the other, but you must register and enter the same one) Highlight the box underneath that says repo, clear it and type beast & Select OK Go back to your Home Screen Add-Ons > Click Open box in top left corner (Add-on Browser)  Select Install from zip file Select The Beast or whatever name you typed. Select  repository.beast Select repository.beast-xxx.zip *(where xxx is the version number)* Go back and select install from repository and choose The Beast Repository Go to Program add-ons and select either  The Beast Wizard U.K. or  The Beast Wizard U.S. depending on where you are. After making your selection click  Install The Beast Wizard pop up will greet you with a message and an option to the  Build Menu Click on  Build Menu You will need to enter your email and password you just created by clicking on  Enter Details Select the build you wish to install from this wizard -Make sure to chose Most Recent Dated Build Click where it says  CLICK TO UPDATE Click  Yes, Install The Beast will start to download After the download completes the build will start extracting. After extraction just click OK and click on Yes, Close. launch Kodi, wait 1-3 minutes for build to finish updating. VIDEO GUIDE BELOW (Please note even though it's The October Release video, the install is exactly the same for the 14th release, just choose the latest date of releases in  THE WIZARD when you install)   As always please like this video and subscribe to our channel to keep bringing you awesome videos. Official site: http://streamhelp.org
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    • Mixdoctor

      🔥😡🔥 Covenant Kodi Addon Repository Shuts Down 16th November 2017 🔥😡🔥   11/16/2017

      Covenant Kodi Addon Repository Shuts Down After MPAA Threatens Kodi Developer JSergio123 Millions of Covenant, Bennu and DeathStreams users will be displeased to hear that the Colossus repository has been shut down! We don’t have much information as of yet, but from what we’ve heard jsergio123 was threatened by the MPAA earlier today. We haven’t heard from him directly, but different sources have been saying things about what’s happening. He was told to immediately cease Kodi addon development. In case you don’t know who jsergio123 is, he’s been into Kodi addon development for quite some time now, developing different addons over the years. He was also part of the Colossus group, but as far as we have been told, he wasn’t actually contributing to the development of allegedly infringing Kodiaddons such as Covenant, Bennu, DeathStreams and Sportie. This is going to be bad news for Covenant, Bennu and DeathStreams users unless someone steps up to the plate and takes over development. Since the Colossal repository has been deleted, users will have to install a new repository in order to continue to receive updates in the event that another developers takes over Covenant development. It should be noted that none of the Colossus developers nor addons were part of TV ADDONS since we relaunched our site in August. Whether or not he was doing anything wrong, the threat of legal action from the MPAA would be enough for anyone to call it a day. He wasn’t making any money from his development, and no mere mortal can afford a costly legal fight with the big day MPAA. He would go bankrupt fighting to continue developing addons for which he didn’t benefit. We haven’t heard anything about the rest of the Colossal repository developers, but the MPAA identifying one of their own seems to have been enough to scare Echo Coder into deleting his GitHub repositories and Twitter account as well. As far as we have been told, only jsergio123 received a cease and desist, in which they held him responsible for everything in the Colossal repo, including Covenant, Bennu, DeathStreams and Sportie. As for URLResolver development, TV ADDONS has been distributing URLResolver from our community repository since our return in August. We plan on continuing to provide updates, although we expect things to be slowed a bit by jsergio123’s sudden retirement. We really hope that new developers will come forward and contribute Kodi addon code at our URLResolver Development GitHub page. We wish jsergio123 the best in all his future endeavours and thank him for tweeting his endorsement for TV ADDONS earlier today. TV ADDONS is prepared to fight this fight, to ensure that copyright law isn’t expanded. The law is on our side, but our opponents are fierce and lawyers don’t work for free. If you’d like to contribute to our legal battle, please feel free to do so via our donation page on TVAddons   Thank You  And Have A Great Day.  
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      🔥🔥🔥THE ANSWER TO WHY MOST KODI ADDONS NOT WORKING AT THE MOMENT🔥🔥🔥   11/17/2017

      🔥🔥🔥THE ANSWER TO WHY MOST KODI ADDONS NOT WORKING AT THE MOMENT🔥🔥🔥   THE IMPORTANCE OF URLResolver EXPLAINED WHY MOST THINGS NOT WORKING AT THE MOMENT The shutdown of the Colossus repo and the two other developers’ addons is undoubtedly a severe blow to the Kodi scene. But, while many casual users might be familiar with Colossus and Bennu, most won’t appreciate the importance of URLResolver. Most recently maintained by jsergio12 and distributed via a well know add-on distributor, this is an extremely important addon. Here’s how it works. When Kodi plays content using addons, whether that’s a movie or TV show, links to that content have to be obtained (scraped) from sites hosting it. This means that all addons would ordinarily have to have their own code in order to find the URLs where that content can be obtained. It can be a different process for every video host, a big job for any developer. That’s where URLResolver comes in. This clever tool helps other addons access content by resolving video hosting site URLs to enable related content to be played in Kodi. URLResolver is a really important tool but since it comes packaged with addons that rely on it, most users won’t even know it’s already on their system. They’ll definitely miss it when it’s gone, since among other things it was utilized by the extremely popular Covenant addon. All may not be lost though, since the well know add-on distributor indicate they’ll try to keep URLResolver alive. The well know add-on distributor has been distributing URLResolver from our community repository since our return in August. They say they plan on continuing to provide updates, although we expect things to be slowed a bit by jsergio123’s sudden retirement,” the site said.   Thank You  And Have A Great Day.

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  1. UK ‘Pirate’ Kodi Box Seller Handed a Suspended Prison Sentence 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 group behind the popular Kodi software is not happy that their media player is often linked to piracy. Copyright holders would like Kodi to block certain pirate add-ons, but the team doesn’t believe that would be effective. Instead, they’re inviting rightsholders to join their platform and are considering the addition of DRM to make that easier. Millions of people use Kodi as their main source of entertainment, often with help from add-ons that allow them to access pirated movies and TV-shows. As Kodi’s popularity has increased drastically over the past two years, so have complaints from copyright holders. While Kodi itself is a neutral platform, unauthorized add-ons give it a bad name. This is one of the reasons why the Kodi team is actively going after vendors who sell “fully loaded” pirate boxes and YouTubers who misuse their name to promote copyright infringement. Interestingly, the Kodi team itself didn’t help its case by putting up an FBI seizure notice last week, as an April Fools gag. The banner suggested that the site had been taken down by the US Department of Justice for copyright infringement. Downloads of the latest builds of the software were also blocked. Kodi’s April Fools gag This week TorrentFreak spoke with several members of the Kodi team, operating under the XBMC Foundation, who made it clear that they want to cooperate with rightsholders instead of being accused of facilitating piracy. The team told us that copyright holders regularly approach them. Some are well informed and know that Kodiitself isn’t actively involved in anything piracy related. However, according to XBMC Foundation President Nathan Betzen, there are also those who are fooled by misleading media reports or YouTube videos. “There are rightsholders that know who we are and realize we are distinct from the 3rd party add-on crowd,” Betzen says. “And then there are the rights holders who have been successfully taken in by the propaganda, who write us very legal sounding letters because some random YouTuber or ‘news’ website described the author of a piracy add-on as a ‘Kodi developer’.” The Kodi team doesn’t mind being approached by people who are misinformed, as it gives them an opportunity to set the record straight. It has proven to be more challenging to find a way forward with movie studios and other content creators that are aware of Kodi’s position. These movie industry representatives sometimes ask Kodi to remove third-party repo installs and block certain pirate add-ons. However, according to XBMC Foundation’s Project lead Martijn Kaijser, this isn’t the direction Kodi wants to go in. “Our view on this is that [removing code] would not help a bit, because the code is open-source and others can easily revert it. Blocking add-ons won’t help since they would instantly change the addon and the block would be in vain,” Kaijser tells us. The Kodi team feels that pirates are leeching off their infrastructure and put the entire community at risk. But, instead of taking a repressive approach they would like to see more legal content providers join their platform. With an audience of millions of users, there is a lot of untapped potential on a platform that’s rapidly growing. To facilitate this process, the media player is currently considering whether to add support for DRM so that content providers can offer their videos in a protected environment. While some users may cringe at the thought, Kodi believes it’ll help to get rightsholders on board. “Our platform has a lot of potential and we are looking into attracting more legal and official content providers. Additionally, we’re looking into adding low-level DRM that would at least make it more feasible to gain trust from certain providers,” Kaijser tells TorrentFreak. Kodi addons Although Kodi does go after sellers of pirate boxes, Betzen personally doesn’t believe that this is the answer. The best way to deal with the piracy issue is to offer more legal content through official add-ons. “We’d like to actually work with content providers to have official add-ons in our network. That’s much easier to do when we are proactively attempting to help them to fight copyright infringement,” Betzen says. There are already plenty of legal uses for Kodi, including the DVR system, support for legal sports streaming, and a variety of add-ons such as Crunchyroll, HDHomeRun, Plex and Twitch. However, getting some major content providers on board has proven to be quite a challenge thus far. Kaijser notes that rightsholders have been very reserved thus far. He tried to convince content providers to offer official add-ons, or even turn some community made ones into official ones, but hasn’t had much success. In a way, the repeated piracy discussions and news items are both a blessing and a curse for Kodi. They help to grow the platform at a rate most competitors could only dream of, while at the same time keeping rightsholders at bay. Time will tell if Kodi can turn this around.
  3. Is Kodi Legal in The U.K. ? Questions over using and selling the Devices A lot of people will have woken up on Christmas Day to a new Kodi box beneath their tree. But you could find yourself in trouble if you use them under certain circumstances. The Android boxes have proved a huge hit with people desperate to watch PPV films and live sport, including Premier League football, on the cheap. But it turns out there is confusion surrounding the legality of devices, and it depends how they’re used. And with a trader being hauled to court in a landmark case over their legality many are wondering if the boxes will be legal for much longer. Are they legal now? The problem with Kodi is this: although it utilises perfectly legal and easy-to-use software, it can also be easily used for illegal streaming. Subscription sports and movie packages, for example, are only a few clicks away – and all for free. Put simply, Kodi, and boxes with Kodi installed, are perfectly legal. The problem arises when the Kodi app is used to illegally stream subscription content. The confusion around the legality of the boxes is so great that it could take a court case involving a man called Brian Thompson from Middlesbrough to help settle it. He’s thought to be the first man brought to court to face allegations of selling pre-loaded Kodi or Android boxes. The boxes allow you to watch and stream offline and online content. The boxes themselves are legal. But the problem is with pre-loaded or altered boxes to watch PPV content, like Sky Sports or films currently in the cinema. That, claims prosecutors, is illegal. So when will we know? How long is a piece of string? Thompson entered not guilty pleas at court and a trial is expected to start before a judge on May 8. But even if he loses the trial, Brian has already said he intends to fight any decision – even hinting he could take the fight to Europe. That could result in a lengthy court process which could drag out a definitive ruling on the devices. Are there any other similar legal cases? One has just finished, and resulted in one man receiving a four year jail sentence for conspiracy to defraud. In what was first to be the first sentencing of its kind, Terry O’Reilly was handed the tough term for flogging over 1,000 boxes to pubs, who used them to illegally stream Premier League footy. Following the result, Premier League Director of Legal Services Kevin Plumb said: “The courts have provided a clear message: this is against the law and selling systems which allow people to watch unauthorised Premier League broadcasts is a form of mass piracy and is sufficiently serious to warrant a custodial sentence. “There can now be no doubt for consumers that these systems are illegal.” So are they still on sale? They are, and there are loads of them. The case involving O’Reilly was for a conspiracy to defraud, a less serious charge than those Thompson is facing. His charges, which his solicitor claim are used under an “unusual piece of legislation”, see him accused of selling boxes “adapted for the purpose of enabling or facilitating the circumvention of effective technological measures” and a third charge involving “advertising a product to circumvent technological measures”. That case focuses specifically on selling pre-loaded boxes. Until that, or another similar case, has gone through the courts it is likely they will still be sold on the high street. Currently, a quick internet search shows retail giants like Tesco and Amazon are selling similar devices, although they aren’t pre-loaded. What’s happening in the pubs? In October, bosses at a pub in Middlesbrough called the Navigation were fined £8,000 after being caught streaming matches through a Kodi box. And in a show of support for Thompson in his home town, there is a sign up in the front window of another pub warning that anybody who works for the FA, Sky, BT, the Premier League or its “servants” are pretty much barred. It warns that anybody from those firms – who are leading the fight against pubs illegally streaming live footy – will face legal action if they set foot inside. It states: “Any entrance by the above will be considered as trespass and as such any information gained would be by default.” CHECK OUT OUR NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL BY CLICKING HERE Enjoy. 😎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
  4. Unlikely ‘Pirate’ Kodi Users Will Get in Trouble, Experts Suggest In recent weeks, the legality or otherwise of so-called fully-loaded Kodi boxes has become a big topic. The devices are massively popular in the UK but are people going to get busted for using them? Almost certainly not, an intellectual property lawyer told the BBC this morning. While Popcorn Time was the hot news of 2014 and 2015, 2016 was taken by storm by an old kid on the block with a new lick of paint. Kodi needs little introduction. It’s an open source media player that can, given select tweaks, be augmented with third-party addons that grant access to an Aladdin’s cave of pirate content. Unlike most other kinds of unauthorized online sharing, the way content is delivered through Kodi has exposed a whole new legal gray area. While it’s definitely illegal in Europe and the US to share copyrighted content without permission using BitTorrent, no one is really clear whether streaming content via Kodi has the same status. In recent weeks, this has led to the publication of dozens of articles which claim to answer that question. Upon review, none of them actually do, so the topic remains hot in the UK. To that end, BBC Radio Five ran a pretty long feature this morning which had host Adrian Chiles discussing the topic with FACT chief Kieron Sharp, intellectual property lawyer Steve (whose surname wasn’t clear from the broadcast) and technical guy Tom Cheesewright who really knew what he was talking about. The start of the interview was marked by Chiles noting that when he found out what a Kodi device could do, he immediately wanted one. “I’d never heard of them,” he said. “I heard what they were and then I wanted one. And then someone told me that they’re probably illegal, so I better not get one.” Chiles’ reaction is probably held in common with millions of others who’ve learned about what Kodidevices can do. There’s a clear and totally understandable attraction, and it was helpful for the broadcaster to acknowledge that. After a brief technological description from Cheesewright, Chiles turned to IP lawyer Steve, who was asked where the law stands. His response was fairly lengthy but clearly focused on the people supplying the devices. “You’ve got big content producers like HBO that are used to producing premium content that people pay for,” Steve said. “Where they are directing their attention is on the people who sell these boxes loaded with software that lets you get around paying a subscription.” The lawyer acknowledged that there are some ongoing cases in the UK which involve suppliers of devices which effectively allow users to get around copyright protection. “That’s been the focus of the strategy and it’s a big, big, big issue,” he said. But for those who know Chiles’ down-to-earth style, it was always obvious that he would want to know how the law views the man in the street. “From the punter’s point of view, if you’re watching something made by HBO that Netflix would hope that you’d be paying them to watch, but you’re watching it for free via your Kodi stick, then are you going to get a knock on the door?” Chiles asked. Chiles didn’t get a straight answer about the law, but after a breath, Steve offered the reality. “In all likelihood, no,” the lawyer responded. Noting that there have been cases against file-sharers, the IP expert said that there is a difference – a legal gray area – when it comes to streaming versus file-sharing. “What tends to happen is that the content providers go after the ISPs, they go after platforms [offering pirate content], not the individual people,” he said, adding that getting a knock on the door at home would be fairly unlikely. Interestingly, Chiles’ then admitted that in the past he also tried to get Premier League football on his laptop for free, but was unsuccessful in getting any content. The suggestion was that Chiles’ failure could be put down to anti-piracy crackdowns against sites, including site-blocking, a point on which the lawyer agreed. “[Rightsholders] have been choking off access [to free content] rather than going to war with their own fans, which is never going to be good for publicity, which is only going to cause them a bigger problem,” the lawyer said. At this point, FACT chief Keiron Sharp entered the conversation and immediately acknowledged that piracy is an ongoing problem that isn’t going to be solved overnight. However, he also revealed a little about their Kodi strategy. “This will still keep coming up no matter which actions we take, but there is still a deterrent effect on people when they see that sellers and providers and distributors of these boxes are going to prison. Which they will do,” Sharp said. The FACT chief said that people will make a connection between people being locked up for selling boxes and the use of these boxes at home, something which he hopes will result in less uptake. “There will be a deterrent effect [from cases going through the court now] and I think your average punter, as you put it, are the ones who will see that deterrent effect and we will be able to move some people away,” he said. Interestingly, Sharp then referred to pirates as “fans” who want access to a product and that content providers were trying to fulfill that demand. Lawyer Steve, who also used the word “fans,” added that people who pirate aren’t necessarily cheapskates either. “The biggest problem the industry has is that it’s always been behind on design and user experience,” he said. “People buy these boxes not necessarily because they’re cheapskates or want to break the law, but probably because it’s the only place they can get access to all the content they want in one place, in a good user experience, without buying separate subscriptions for Sky, for Netflix, for Amazon, for Hulu, for all of these different services,” he said. This conclusion is an important one. While at some point the courts may decide (there’s a case in Europe) that knowingly watching pirate streams is indeed illegal, there is no way that a user that ONLY STREAMS content can be monitored by groups that would like to prosecute them. So, to answer the million dollar question. Watching pirate Kodi streams may be deemed illegal sometime in the future but right now, no one is 100% sure. In any event, it’s impossible in any sensible scenario for anyone to get caught doing so. With that in mind, content providers need to keep upping their game, or the Kodi content free-for-all (or whatever else comes along next) will continue. A replay of the show might be made available by the BBC on the iPlayer at a later point. 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  5. Unlikely ‘Pirate’ Kodi Users Will Get in Trouble, Experts Suggest In recent weeks, the legality or otherwise of so-called fully-loaded Kodi boxes has become a big topic. The devices are massively popular in the UK but are people going to get busted for using them? Almost certainly not, an intellectual property lawyer told the BBC this morning. While Popcorn Time was the hot news of 2014 and 2015, 2016 was taken by storm by an old kid on the block with a new lick of paint. Kodi needs little introduction. It’s an open source media player that can, given select tweaks, be augmented with third-party addons that grant access to an Aladdin’s cave of pirate content. Unlike most other kinds of unauthorized online sharing, the way content is delivered through Kodi has exposed a whole new legal gray area. While it’s definitely illegal in Europe and the US to share copyrighted content without permission using BitTorrent, no one is really clear whether streaming content via Kodi has the same status. In recent weeks, this has led to the publication of dozens of articles which claim to answer that question. Upon review, none of them actually do, so the topic remains hot in the UK. To that end, BBC Radio Five ran a pretty long feature this morning which had host Adrian Chiles discussing the topic with FACT chief Kieron Sharp, intellectual property lawyer Steve (whose surname wasn’t clear from the broadcast) and technical guy Tom Cheesewright who really knew what he was talking about. The start of the interview was marked by Chiles noting that when he found out what a Kodi device could do, he immediately wanted one. “I’d never heard of them,” he said. “I heard what they were and then I wanted one. And then someone told me that they’re probably illegal, so I better not get one.” Chiles’ reaction is probably held in common with millions of others who’ve learned about what Kodi devices can do. There’s a clear and totally understandable attraction, and it was helpful for the broadcaster to acknowledge that. After a brief technological description from Cheesewright, Chiles turned to IP lawyer Steve, who was asked where the law stands. His response was fairly lengthy but clearly focused on the people supplying the devices. “You’ve got big content producers like HBO that are used to producing premium content that people pay for,” Steve said. “Where they are directing their attention is on the people who sell these boxes loaded with software that lets you get around paying a subscription.” The lawyer acknowledged that there are some ongoing cases in the UK which involve suppliers of devices which effectively allow users to get around copyright protection. “That’s been the focus of the strategy and it’s a big, big, big issue,” he said. But for those who know Chiles’ down-to-earth style, it was always obvious that he would want to know how the law views the man in the street. “From the punter’s point of view, if you’re watching something made by HBO that Netflix would hope that you’d be paying them to watch, but you’re watching it for free via your Kodi stick, then are you going to get a knock on the door?” Chiles asked. Chiles didn’t get a straight answer about the law, but after a breath, Steve offered the reality. “In all likelihood, no,” the lawyer responded. Noting that there have been cases against file-sharers, the IP expert said that there is a difference – a legal gray area – when it comes to streaming versus file-sharing. “What tends to happen is that the content providers go after the ISPs, they go after platforms [offering pirate content], not the individual people,” he said, adding that getting a knock on the door at home would be fairly unlikely. Interestingly, Chiles’ then admitted that in the past he also tried to get Premier League football on his laptop for free, but was unsuccessful in getting any content. The suggestion was that Chiles’ failure could be put down to anti-piracy crackdowns against sites, including site-blocking, a point on which the lawyer agreed. “[Rightsholders] have been choking off access [to free content] rather than going to war with their own fans, which is never going to be good for publicity, which is only going to cause them a bigger problem,” the lawyer said. At this point, FACT chief Keiron Sharp entered the conversation and immediately acknowledged that piracy is an ongoing problem that isn’t going to be solved overnight. However, he also revealed a little about their Kodi strategy. “This will still keep coming up no matter which actions we take, but there is still a deterrent effect on people when they see that sellers and providers and distributors of these boxes are going to prison. Which they will do,” Sharp said. The FACT chief said that people will make a connection between people being locked up for selling boxes and the use of these boxes at home, something which he hopes will result in less uptake. “There will be a deterrent effect [from cases going through the court now] and I think your average punter, as you put it, are the ones who will see that deterrent effect and we will be able to move some people away,” he said. Interestingly, Sharp then referred to pirates as “fans” who want access to a product and that content providers were trying to fulfill that demand. Lawyer Steve, who also used the word “fans,” added that people who pirate aren’t necessarily cheapskates either. “The biggest problem the industry has is that it’s always been behind on design and user experience,” he said. “People buy these boxes not necessarily because they’re cheapskates or want to break the law, but probably because it’s the only place they can get access to all the content they want in one place, in a good user experience, without buying separate subscriptions for Sky, for Netflix, for Amazon, for Hulu, for all of these different services,” he said. This conclusion is an important one. While at some point the courts may decide (there’s a case in Europe) that knowingly watching pirate streams is indeed illegal, there is no way that a user that ONLY STREAMS content can be monitored by groups that would like to prosecute them. So, to answer the million dollar question. Watching pirate Kodi streams may be deemed illegal sometime in the future but right now, no one is 100% sure. In any event, it’s impossible in any sensible scenario for anyone to get caught doing so. With that in mind, content providers need to keep upping their game, or the Kodi content free-for-all (or whatever else comes along next) will continue. A replay of the show might be made available by the BBC on the iPlayer at a later point. CHECK OUT OUR NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL BY CLICKING HERE Enjoy. 😎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