The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) has pointed out that a British magazine sold by many newsagents and high street retailers, including WH Smith, Waterstones and Amazon, is instructing readers how to use copyright infringing add-ons for media players.
The Kodi streaming box is a freely available, and legal, media player however in recent years it has been exploited in order to stream and download pirated content. The Complete Guide to Kodi magazine instructs readers how to download and use add-ons and app in order to utilise the Kodi software for this illegal purpose.
In April 2017, the European Court of Justice ruled that not only was the sale of devices, pre-configured to access pirated content, illegal but so to was the act of streaming that content. This meant that the people selling Kodi boxes with these add-ons already installed would be guilty of copyright infringement as would the end user of the box.
The Complete Guide to Kodi warns readers of the legal consequences of utilising the Kodi software in such a way as to access pirated content but on other pages provides a list of software required to access such content.
The developers of Kodi are aware of two of the add-ons promoted by the magazine and have placed them onto a banned list so that they cannot be used in conjunction with the software. The company has made clear that it does not support the use of its software in such a way.
The news of the Complete Guide to Kodi magazine comes against the larger movement of legal agencies to crackdown on pirated content which has become more prevalent in the UK as streaming services have risen in popularity. In February, 5 traders were arrested for selling modified set top boxes which had the capability to stream subscription based football matches, films and television channels at no cost to the user.
FACT is investigating the magazine along with the City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit and it shall be interesting to see how this story develops.Posted by: in: Copyright, News