I have heard of police in the north east are arresting people with kodi loaded boxes, how can we prove we did not buy it loaded but have downloaded ourselves? and are only streaming the services not keeping copies of
Hi Peter, the following is a quote about the legalities of using Kodi.
Is Streaming legal? Yes Streaming is legal in the EU!
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