A man who sold devices loaded with Kodi and ‘pirate’ third-party addons has been handed a suspended sentence. After protesting his innocence and insisting he wanted to test the limits of the law, last month Brian Thompson pleaded guilty, ending the possibility of a landmark case testing unchartered areas of copyright law.
One of the oldest and most popular Kodi addons is being shut down after a decade in action. Navi-X, which was the go-to addon for hundreds of thousands of people, will be discontinued due to legal fears, spam, and pollution with mislabeled adult content.
This week the European Court of Justice found that set-top boxes and similar devices can infringe copyright if they are sold pre-configured for piracy. The Court also clarified that when users stream content from an illegal source, they too fall foul of the law. So with these issues in mind, how is the market likely to respond?
A seminar hosted at the Scottish Police College has heard how ‘criminal gangs’ have entered the IPTV and so-called ‘Kodi box’ market. Those in attendance, including Trading Standards, HM Revenue & Customs and the UK Intellectual Property Office, were informed that this kind of piracy has increased by 143% in the past year alone and is now considered an emerging threat by police.