We all know that there are lots of ways to access copyrighted content without paying, with each method have its own advantages and limitations. Kodi-powered streaming boxes have opened up a whole new way to partake in some online piracy, and have faced plenty of scrutiny because of it. Now, though, rights holders are taking things a step further with a new 'Coalition Against Piracy' (CAP).
There are already a lot of anti-piracy groups out there, fighting on behalf of rights holders to make it difficult for people to access pirate material. CAP is a coalition of multiple rights holders, including Disney, BBC Worldwide, HBO, Fox, NBC Universal, and more. The point of the organisation is to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against piracy, helping to disrupt businesses that help it spread.
Amongst the main targets are Kodi boxes, though it is worth mentioning that this is a fight against the physical boxes (referred to as Illicit Streaming Devices, or ISDs) and not the software that's ended up synonymous with streaming-based piracy.
The main area of focus is Asia. Not only do a lot of cheap streaming boxes come from this part of the world, they are just as popular there as they are in the rest of the world. And because Asia has a much higher population, it's logical to assume that there are going to be more steaming boxes in use based on pure numbers alone. The goal is disrupt the 'criminal syndicates' that produce and distribute ISDs, which the entertainment industry sees as a major threat.
The launch of CAP is set to be formalised at next month's CASBAA anti-piracy convention in Macau, and we can be sure to hear more about its activities in the near future. It's just another development that anyone with a stake in Kodi boxes should be aware of - particularly if they're profiting from their sale. [TorrentFreak]