Kodi add-on users need to be aware of a major vote taking place next week that could have huge ramifications for them.
Research has suggested Kodi – which offers access to thousands of channels – is being used in more than five million UK homes.
Kodi software is not illegal, but unaffiliated developers can produce third-party add-ons that provide free access to pirated and illegal content.
These apps 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.
And as the piracy crackdown continues Kodi add-on fans have been dealt some major news.
Next week European lawmakers will vote on the proposed Copyright Directive which could have major ramifications for the internet.
The European Parliament is looking to introduce major changes to copyright laws, and there are a number of controversial regulations.
Kodi crackdown – Add-on alert over major law change, fightback supported by millions
Article 11 would empower publishers to charge fees to platforms such as Google or Facebook when they show snippets of their articles.
While Article 13 puts the onus on websites to ensure content their users upload does not breach copyright.
These sites would be liable for content that breaches copyright unless “effective and proportionate” measures are enforced.
The European Parliament said these measures would include the use of “effective content recognition technologies”.
So, in essence – video sharing platforms need to ensure what gets uploaded to their sites is not in breach of copyright.
And if it is, it opens the door for rights holders to demand compensation.
It’s led to fears that Article 13, if passed, could see websites adopting ‘upload filters’ to ensure whatever is uploaded by users does not breach copyright.
This would have big ramifications for websites that allow users to upload content such as YouTube and social media sites like ___.
Research suggests Kodi is used in millions of homes in the UK
It’s even feared that GIFs – which are often based on a short snippet of copyrighted material – could fall foul of the new copyright laws.
It’s also important to Kodi fans as illegal add-ons – which are made by unaffiliated third-party developers – find and pull together pirated streams of movies and TV shows posted on the internet.
If Article 13 is enforced then that would likely significantly reduce the number of streams these add-ons can turn to.
And ahead of the big vote in Brussels millions have signed a petition against Article 13.
Almost 5.1million people have signed the change.org petition called ‘Stop the censorship-machinery! Save the Internet!’
The petition has a target of 6million signatures and is looking to send a big message to MEPs ahead of the vote in Brussels in the coming days.
You can click here to be directed to it.
The petition says: “Make a stand for the preservation of the free internet and freedom of information!
The European Parliament will vote on Article 13 and the copyright directive next week
“Sign our petition and let the Members of the European Parliament know what decision the citizens would make!”
It adds: “Issues such as the potentially EU-wide ancillary copyright law and content recognition technologies – commonly known as ‘upload filters’ – are still unresolved.
“We therefore call for those involved in the drafting and revising of such laws to deal better with the content and consequences of the digital aspect.”
The petition also directs visitors to the savetheinternet.info website to learn more about how to campaign against the proposed law changes.
The vote on the copyright directive is taking place in the European parliament on Tuesday March 26.
Written by David Minister
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