Article 13: Will Kodi be banned – Is Kodi legal?
The Copyright Directive was backed by 348 MEPs, with 278 against. The two clauses causing the most controversy are known as Article 11 and Article 13. Article 13 covers how “online content sharing services” should deal with copyright-protected content, such as television programmes and movies.
What is Kodi?
Kodi is a popular free media player designed for TVs, smartphones and tablets.
Research has suggested Kodi – which offers access to thousands of channels – is being used in more than five million UK homes.
Is Kodi illegal?
Kodi software is not illegal, but unaffiliated developers can produce third-party add-ons that provide free access to pirated and illegal content.
These add-ons allow users to stream premium content like paid-for sports, movie channels and TV shows for free.
These illegal add-ons have been targeted by ISPs, government agencies, broadcasters and rights holders.
So, Kodi is entirely legal to use, but things get a bit murkier with these third-party developers not affiliated with Kodi, that can give access to pirated content.
Kodi isn’t paid to host these add-ons and don’t endorse them.
Will Kodi be banned by Article 13?
Kodi itself won’t be banned as it’s legal, but the content within it is likely to be affected.
The illegal content is likely to be significantly reduced, as sites will need to add upload filters to protect copyright.
The legislation emphasises people will still be able to upload content legally, but technology firms, including Google, have warned they will have to remove vastly more content automatically.
Both Google and Amazon have attacked the measure as unworkable in practice, and overbearing to the extent that it may force them to close services in Europe.
However, publishers and artists have pushed for the clauses, arguing that they would put an end to widespread infringement on sites such as YouTube and Instagram.
In a statement, a Google spokesperson told the Guardian:
“The EU copyright directive is improved but will still lead to legal uncertainty and will hurt Europe’s creative and digital economies.
“The details matter, and we look forward to working with policymakers, publishers, creators and rights holders as EU member states move to implement these new rules.”
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