It seems the case of one man ending up in court for selling 'pre-loaded' Kodi boxes isn't going to be an isolated case. It turns out Kodi boxes, and their capacity for streaming copyrighted content, are going to become key targets in the fight against piracy.
The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) have revealed that around half of its investigations centre around streaming devices that use third-party piracy-enabling software. According to the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the whole situation is an "international racket" and is "becoming an epidemic".
Speaking to the BBC, a spokesperson for the IPO said:
"We are aware that set-top boxes, while perfectly legal in their own right, are frequently adapted by criminals to illegally receive TV channels protected by intellectual property rights. The government is working with its partners in [the] industry and with police forces across the country to target criminals looking to profit from this activity. We are also working closely with our international partners to target the cross-border infrastructure that underpins illegal streaming."
So you can expect to stop seeing stuff like this in eBay listings:
The vanilla version of Kodi is perfectly legal, designed as a media centre for all your software and granting you access to legitimate streaming services. While there are plenty of piracy-enabling add-ons available, they are not endorsed by the Kodi development team. The team generally takes a neutral stance on add-ons developed for the open-source software, but have said they will fight anyone using the Kodi trademark to sell kit that encourages piracy. [BBC via TechRadar]