Kodi issues stark warning to fans as illegal streaming crackdown continues

Kodi issues stark warning to fans as illegal streaming crackdown continues

With over 30 million users across the world, Kodi continues to be one of the most popular online TV players on the planet.

Kodi is totally legal to use and is actually available on platforms such as Sony TVs and the Google Play Store.

However, Kodi can be adapted with so-called add-ons which allow users to view premium content without paying for a subscription.

These add-ons have come under increased scrutiny in recent years with some being forced to close their doors as fears of legal action and even jail have grown.

However, there are still plenty of these adds-on available which continue to offer the ability to watch premium content without paying – which is illegal.

Despite their popularity, even Kodi is now alerting users about the dangers of these add-ons with a recent post on its website warning that “a few are both illegal and just downright nasty.”

The team behind the Kodi player go on to say: “There's an important distinction to be made between official and third-party add-ons.

“Official add-ons are reviewed and curated by Kodi Team members and if they meet all the rules, included in our official add-on repository.

“Of course, this means that no add-on is accepted in our repository if it circumvents a paywall or provides illegal or free access to content that you would otherwise have to pay for.

“We can see the appeal of Kodi builds, but please stop using them.”

This post comes as the TV Player has also recently warned users about so-called Kodi boxes which it says it doesn't make or distribute.

In fact, sites such as Amazon, eBay and Facebook have all banned these Kodi-style set-top boxes from sale.

In the post, Kodi confirmed: “We do not sell computers, Kodi boxes, Kodi sticks, carrot sticks or french fries.

“Actually, we don't recommend specific hardware, and we're certainly not interested in selling hardware.

“The only thing we're interested in is writing software, keeping Kodi in tip-top shape, and advising you about how to better use Kodi.

“We are not associated with any hardware companies, particular brand or site selling the so-called “Kodi boxes” or “Kodi sticks”. There is no such thing.”

As Kodi continues to distance itself from illegal streaming, the crackdown on piracy continues to grow.

Earlier this month the operators of a pirate streaming organisation were jailed for a total of 17 years for conspiracy to defraud; some of the longest sentences ever issued for piracy-related crimes.

Speaking about the crackdown, Premier League Director of Legal Services Kevin Plumb said: “Today’s decision has provided further evidence that the law will catch up with companies and individuals that defraud rights owners and breach copyright. The custodial sentences issued here reflect the seriousness and the scale of the crimes.

“Using these services is unlawful and fans should be aware that when they do so they enter into agreements with illegal businesses. They also risk being victims of fraud or identity theft by handing over personal data and financial details.

“The Premier League's investment into cutting edge technology, combined with wide-ranging anti-piracy actions such as the one here today and the continuing landmark blocking injunction, means that it has never been more difficult for football piracy to operate in the UK.”

Written by David Minister

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