Tagged: Kodi EU laws in 2016
There has always a bit of a grey area when people talk about Kodi and what’s legal and what’s not illegal, today we are going to try to clear a few things up.
In this post we are going to look at is Kodi legal? Is streaming legal? Can you sell a Kodi box fully loaded? Kodi TV box sellers arrested!
Kodi is one of the most powerful pieces of entertainment software around and lets users stream a range of content – whether it’s from the web or local devices. But with so much on offer – including movies, sports and games – it’s understandable to ask: “Is Kodi legal?” The simple answer is yes.
Kodi is a piece of streaming software designed to display content on a range of devices, and that means it’s perfectly legal. If you have a DVD player or a PC only because it can play any media file it does not make it illegal. Kodi is digital media centre software that you can install on many different platforms.
If we take a look at the law on streaming as it stands 2016 you can stream content from an online source as long as you don’t download and save the media.
When you stream content with Kodi its not downloading and saving the media onto your device but streaming it through Kodi. No media is ever saved to the device, so all your doing is viewing content already online. You are not downloading, you are not distributing, you are not copying media.
At the time of writing, no EU resident has been prosecuted for watching an internet stream. In 2015, the UK government has provided £3.1m to educate residents on how to access content. The IPO also works with the European Commission to find better ways to make content available to purchase and view across borders which may help to reduce ‘pirate’ content and geo-blocking.
On 5 June 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that the existing EU copyright exemptions for temporary copies applies to viewing and streaming online. Viewing or streaming, the court says, is different to making a copy and would be exempt from copyright laws, but the copies “must be temporary, that they must be transient or incidental in nature and that they must constitute an integral and essential part of a technological process.” CASE LAW, SOURCE
Selling fully loaded Kodi boxes is illegal in the EU. It is illegal to modify set-top boxes to receive digital TV subscription channels for free.
Selling devices which bypass subscription services, to access pay-to-view TV, including movies and sports is against the law.
So by installing Kodi addons or apps that allow others to be able to watch content out of the box without any prior configuration before you sell them is a no-no. You can not walk into Tesco and buy a box that allows you to watch free Sky TV or the latest blockbuster release.
Kodi addons and apps should be left to the end user to install. It’s not like there are not websites that show you how to install Kodi addons.
Over the last 12 months we have seen a crackdown on people who sell fully loaded Android TV boxes.
The days of being able to buy Android TV boxes blatantly loaded and advertised as offering pirated satellite and cable content may be coming to an end.
Traders that have been offering Android boxes complete with apps that enable free viewing of TV shows, movies, and live sports events found themselves in hot water after raids by UK authorities. Trading Standards, police and Sky TV.
If you buy a TV box that’s fully loaded from a seller offering free content there is a good chance he will be getting a call from the serious crime squad. They will not be around to support you if your device breaks or is faulty.
If we look back to July 2011 when three men were jailed a total of 15 years for selling modified Virgin set top boxes. This group of people modified Virgin set top boxes to watch free TV, yes decrypting satellite transmissions is different to streaming with Kodi but the truth is if you sell a box that you can plug in and start watching free TV without any prior configuration then your doing the same thing. Selling devices which bypass subscription services, to access pay-to-view TV, including movies and sports is illegal.
We hope we have cleared up a few questions regarding is Kodi legal.
If you on the look out for a new Android TV box then don’t go looking for a fully loaded device, you are only going to get your fingers burnt in the long run.
EntertainmentBox have been trading for over 3 years and have built up quite a following. We will do what ever is necessary to keep trading and offering excellent customer service without breaking the law.
You can be assured that we as a seller and what we sell is 100% legal and as our customers will tell you, our customer service is second to none.
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