[emoji636]- Sale of Kodi 'fully-loaded' streaming boxes faces legal test


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Sale of Kodi 'fully-loaded' streaming boxes faces legal test
Sale of Kodi 'fully-loaded' streaming boxes faces legal test - BBC News

A legal case concerning the sale of video-streaming set-top boxes that can access subscription content for free, begins on Tuesday.

So-called "fully-loaded Kodi boxes" have gained popularity, but the legality of their sale is in question.

Middlesbrough trader Brian Thompson is accused of selling equipment that "facilitated the circumvention" of copyright protection measures.

The trial has been described as a landmark case by industry watchers.

Mr Thompson will not enter a plea on Tuesday, but has told local media he intends to challenge the charges.

What is Kodi?

Kodi turns compatible devices into a "media centre"
Kodi is free software designed to bring videos, music, games and photographs together in one easy-to-use application.

It began life as a program called Xbox Media Centre (XBMC) that added a feature-rich media player to the original Xbox games console.

The open-source project was developed by volunteers and can now be installed on a variety of devices including smartphones and computers.

It can also be loaded on to television-connected devices such as the Amazon Fire stick or Apple TV box, although it is not supported by those manufacturers.

What are Kodi boxes?

Some set-top boxes can be modified to run Kodi
Some shops sell ready-to-use set-top boxes or television sticks preloaded with the Kodi software.

They are also known as Android boxes, because many of the devices run Android as their primary operating system.

The developers behind Kodi say their software does not contain any content of its own and is designed to play legally owned media or content "freely available" on the internet.

However, the software can be modified with third-party add-ons that provide access to pirated copies of films and TV series, or provide free access to subscription television channels.

Some traders sell Kodi boxes preloaded with such third-party add-ons that can access pirated content. It is the sale of these "fully-loaded" boxes that is the subject of a legal case.

What do the makers of Kodi say?

The developers behind Kodi have said they do not support "piracy add-ons" and have criticised those who advertise "fully-loaded" set-top boxes for sale.

The group said it would maintain 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".

Discussions about "pirated content" and add-ons that provide access are removed from its message board.

A date for Mr Thompson's trial is expected to be decided on Tuesday.

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People advertising and selling like that are going to ruin it for everyone. I've had xbmc a long time before it went massively mainstream, it is so simple to set up I'm pretty sure if i left my 80yr old grandad a guide and a fresh copy of kodi he could have the beast on it up and running in no time fs. Surprised there is even a market for selling the boxes "fully loaded"


Brian Thompson reached the end of the road today, https://torrentfreak.com/landmark-pirate-kodi-box-trial-canceled-after-man-changes-plea-to-guilty-170925/

He was well advised to throw in the towel, after ECJ's ruling in April: https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2017-04/cp170040en.pdf

It might be argued that streaming remains legal in uk, given the above ECJ ruling can be considered obiter in relation to streaming (while both the UK Supreme Court and ECJ previously ruled specifically that streaming was legal), but can't imagine anyone would want to test it.


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BBC One Show now.... !
Middlesborough dealer faces jail for selling streaming boxes. As already reported, 18 month suspended sentence, but judge warns next 'customer' faces a stronger sentence
seen that other day looks like all world be looking at his decision either way it goes be loads out there watching