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Another Man’s Been Jailed for Selling Kodi Boxes and Dodgy IPTV Subscriptions

If you were thinking about selling off some dodgy pirate streaming boxes to make some quick money, it's probably a good idea to scrap that plan and come up with something less illegal. Another man has received a five year, three month jail sentence for selling over 8,000 piracy boxes. His wife received a two year suspended sentence for her trouble as well. Read More >>

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Two Men Handed Jail Sentences for Selling Kodi-Powered ‘Ooberstick’ Devices

These days there's so much TV content to consume it's impossible (and expensive) to get it all in one place. So people have tried to fill the market with devices or services that let people stream whatever content they like at minimal cost, despite how illegal it may be. The police and rights holders are never too happy with them, and two more pirate-entrepreneurs have been jailed for selling 'Ooberstick' devices powered by Kodi. Read More >>

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Kodi’s Added DRM Support to Make Itself More Appealing to Publishers

For a lot of people DRM is a dirty word, with some considering it a futile attempt to try and stop piracy in a way that makes life difficult for legitimate users. But for publishers of content Digital Rights Management is an important tool in their arsenal, and the fact that Kodi's latest version has added support for it is going to make the open source media player a lot more appealing. Read More >>

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TVAddons Founder Has Resigned to Ensure the Kodi Addon Repository’s Long Term Survival

TVAddons has never been without its controversy. The depository of Kodi addons has long been accused of facilitating piracy on the platform, a claim it has adamantly denied, and it's resulted in a lot of legal trouble for the platform and its founder Adam Lackman. Lackman is currently being sued by a number of telecoms providers, including those based in the USA and Canada, and now he's throwing in the towel. Read More >>

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Developer of ZemTV Kodi Addon Gives up Legal Defence Because He Has No Money to Continue

Yesterday we told you about an ongoing court case in the US, where the Dish network is suing the operator of the TVAddons library and the developer of the ZemTV addon. Yesterday's post mentioned that TVAddons' operator Adam Lackman had denied the allegations of copyright infringement, though ZemTV developer Shahjahan Durrani had yet to answer any of the court's questions. Now Durrani has confirmed he's giving up his fight, because he doesn't have the money to continue. Read More >>

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Middlesbrough ‘Kodi Box’ Seller Ordered to Pay a Whopping £1 Back to the Government

If you've been following the news around Kodi the past few years, you'll be well aware of the case of Brian 'Tomo' Thompson who was arrested and successfully prosecuted for selling the so-called 'fully loaded Kodi boxes' that were promoted as ways of accessing premium content without paying for it. Many thought the story would end after he pleaded guilty in court, but things are never as they seem. Read More >>

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Chinese Investors Bought ‘Kodi Box’ Company for £6.41 Million

Back in 2016 a new New Zealand company, My Box NZ, arrived on the scene determined to take on local media giant Sky TV (not to be confused with Sky in the UK), by selling users Android boxes with Kodi and various third-party add-ons preinstalled. In exchange for £132, consumers would have access to as many TV shows, films, and live channels as they like without any ongoing costs. Read More >>

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Two Men Each Get 4.5 Years in Jail for Selling ‘Kodi-Style’ Streaming Boxes to Pubs

Be warned, if you sell any sort of device or service that will let people access premium content without paying the rights holder, you will be caught and you'll likely go to prison. Two men found that out the hard way, each being sentenced to four and a half years in prison by Newcastle Crown Court. Read More >>

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Google Has Removed the Term ‘Kodi’ From Autocomplete Results

If you've used Google Search then the autocomplete feature will be familiar to you. It tries to guess what you're looking for before you type it, so you don't have to spend a few fractions of a second typing the whole thing out. While autocomplete includes many things, Google specifically removes certain words and phrases for a variety of reasons, including piracy, and Kodi is the latest victim. Read More >>

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Hollywood Demands Kodi Addon Developer Sign a Settlement Agreement, or Suffer the Consequences

If you recognise the name JSergio123, that might be because he'd a developer of Kodi add-ons that landed in the path of Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) an anti-piracy group that represents damn near everyone in the film and television industries - including Disney, Netflix, Amazon, Sky, and so on. Read More >>

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Two eBay Sellers Fined for Selling Pre-Configured Kodi Boxes and Piracy Subscriptions

You can't walk into a shop and purchase an Android TV box pre-configured with piracy-enabling software, like those dodgy Kodi add-ons the entertainment industry is panicking over. Those tend to get shut down. So eBay and social media sites are popular ways of tracking one down. But even that's not safe for the sellers, with two eBay sellers managing to collect fines of £18,000 and £8,000 respectively. Read More >>

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Fully Loaded Kodi Boxes Are “Tantamount To Theft”, Says Former Culture Secretary

Another day, another warning about the dark side of Kodi - this time from John Whittingdale, who until Theresa May became Prime Minister was the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Read More >>

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TVAddons Reports That Kodi 18 ‘Leia’ Is Adding Built-in Video Game ROM Emulation

Uh-oh - it looks like modified Kodi boxes may not just be a menace to the film and TV industries - but the platform could soon be upsetting the games industry too. Read More >>

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Kodi Box-Maker Dragon Box is Being Sued For Facilitating Piracy

The battle against piracy is never ending, but these days rights holder are opting the more sensible approach of tackling the problem at its source - rather than going after the people doing the pirating. One big part of this has been dealing with people trying to profit from hardware and software designed to access premium content without paying. Dragon Media Inc is the latest one, and they're facing a lawsuit from big names in Hollywood. Read More >>

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Kodi Lands on the Xbox One, Making It the Ultimate Set-Top Box

There are two things everyone should look for in a good set top box: ease of use and versatility. A set top box is terrible if the menus are a horror to navigate and you can’t just plunk down after dinner and watch a movie. But it’s also terrible if it can’t actually play the media you want it to play when you want it to play it. Thanks to Kodi’s arrival on the Xbox One this morning, the Xbox One X and Xbox One S are now the most versatile set-top boxes available. This is the box you want if you’re looking to play any kind of media from any kind of source. Read More >>