As we have reported in the past, Kodi boxes are pieces entertainment hardware that, when paired with add-ons, allow access to illegal streams of premium television channels and 'On Demand' content. They aren't always the easiest things to use, as much of the pre-installed software is quite "bare": they generally don't have user-friendly interfaces or app-style single click access.
Consequently, lots of "Kodi – How To" type guides and videos have popped up online alongside the explosion in use of the boxes themselves. One such guide is published on the YouTube channel "Kodi No Limits". Or at least, it was. YouTube has now taken the decision to remove the channel from its directory entirely.
What is interesting is that we are unsure whether Kodi No Limits itself actually infringes YouTube's copyright policy: it doesn't directly infringe any copyright material, but it does inform its viewers of how to infringe such content themselves.
It is being widely reported that a raft of copyright holders have filed takedown requests with YouTube over the channel. YouTube's message on the channel reads "This account [Kodi No Limited] has been terminated because we received multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement regarding material the user posted".
Kodi No Limits has posted a message in reply saying that a new YouTube channel would be up and running by Friday, and there is suggestion this has already been done.
We do wonder how long it will remain live, given YouTube's clear message: contributing to piracy will not be tolerated any longer.
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