A tool just released by the TVAddons team might carry interesting copyright implications. Github Browser enables Kodi users to install third-party addons directly from development platform Github. This removes the requirement for sites like TVAddons to host repositories containing potentially infringing add-ons, something which forms the basis of two lawsuits against the platform.
This week it was revealed that a UK man is on the hook for at least £5,000 in settlement fees after his Sky and Facebook accounts were used to live-stream a boxing match. Forget about the supposed risks of using pirate Kodi addons, this is the kind of piracy that the UK public need to steer clear of. While it’s ridiculously easy, it could land people in prison.
Several major Hollywood studios, Amazon, and Netflix have filed a lawsuit against Dragon Media Inc, branding it a supplier of pirate streaming devices. The companies accuse Dragon of using the Kodi media player in combination with pirate addons to facilitate mass copyright infringement via its Dragon Box device.
Large numbers of people are running Kodi with a poorly-protected remote access interface, which enables third-parties to view their addons and other sensitive information. In some cases, people’s private videos are also vulnerable to being viewed remotely by anyone with a browser. Worst still, attackers can change Kodi users’ settings, which can cause chaos to the unexpecting.
For much of 2017, major companies and their proxies involved in movies, TV shows, and live sports have tried to convince Internet pirates that their hobby is dangerous to their computers at best, their lives at worst. The campaign is the Reefer Madness of the digital era and it will prove equally as successful.
The popular Kodi media player software returned to its roots today. The team just announced that Kodi for Xbox One is available worldwide through the Microsoft and Xbox store. This means that the project, which once started as the Xbox Media Player, has come full circle.
In many ways, the Kodi addon scene was one of the most turbulent in 2017. Today we sit down with the former operator of the Ares Project, the group behind the popular Ares Wizard, which shut down recently following legal threats. He gives his thoughts on what 2018 could have in store for unofficial Kodi projects and what threats lie in wait for the hugely popular platform.
A group of major Hollywood studios plus Amazon and Netflix have asked a California court to halt the infringing activities of TickBox TV, a Kodi-powered streaming device. As part of their ongoing lawsuit, the companies request an injunction requiring Tickbox to remove infringing add-ons and for existing devices to be seized.
Just a few months ago TVAddons was decimated after being dragged into two copyright infringement lawsuits. Despite the legal trouble and a devastating domain seizure, millions of people have found their way back to the platform. Now that the dust has settled somewhat, the site also plans to ditch the proactive addon vetting process that’s currently in place.
A new scaremongering video from the Digital Citizens Alliance is once again warning people that so-called ‘Illicit Streaming Devices’ are terribly evil. Sadly, on top of the usual propaganda, the Hollywood-funded group depicts a Raspberry Pi as a ”disreputable device”, one that can expose users to malware, ID theft, financial loss, and ransomware.