Kodi CRACKDOWN: Add-on blow as MAJOR copyright law changes move step closer

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Kodi CRACKDOWN: Add-on blow as MAJOR copyright law changes move step closer


Kodi addon users have received some big piracy news as the copyright crackdown continues.

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 illegal add-ons have been targeted by ISPs, government agencies, broadcasters and rights holders.

And as the ongoing piracy crackdown rages on Kodi add-on fans have been dealt some big news.

Major copyright law changes have moved a step closer after European lawmakers agreed the final text of the EU Copyright Directive.

This includes the controversial Article 13 and Article 11, which could lead to ‘upload filters’ and a ‘link tax’.

Article 11 would enable publishers to charge fees to platforms like 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.

In a document online 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 does, 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 does not breach copyright.

If that’s the case, it would have a huge impact on illegal Kodi add-ons.

These Kodi add-ons – which are made by 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.

The final vote on whether to adopt this proposed copyright law change is two weeks away, but calls are gathering for it to be enforced quickly.

A coalition of 243 organisations representing rights holders are calling on the European Parliament to adopt the plans, TorrentFreak reported.

A joint letter released this week said: “We, the undersigned organisations, representing authors, composers, writers, journalists, performers and others working in all artistic fields, news agencies, book, press, scientific and music publishers, audiovisual and independent music producers call on the European Parliament to adopt the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.”

PRS for Music, Eurocinema and the Association of Independent Music are among the signatories for the letter.

It adds: “This Directive has been long sought to create a much-needed level playing field for all actors of the creative sector in the European Digital Single Market, whilst giving citizens better access to a wider array of content.

“This is an historic opportunity. We need an internet that is fair and sustainable for all. This is why we urge policymakers to adopt the Directive quickly, as agreed in trilogue negotiations.”

The final vote on the EU copyright directive will take place at the end of this month.

• Stay tuned to Express.co.uk for more Kodi and copyright news

Written by David Minister

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