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Fully loaded 'Kodi box' sellers arrested

Written by James Delahunty @ 09 Feb 2017 1:35 User comments (6)

Fully loaded 'Kodi box' sellers arrested

Police have arrested sellers of so called 'Full Loaded Kodi Boxes' as pirate streaming add-ons become more popular.
The devices are typically low-cost Android-based media set top boxes that come with apps and add-ons pre-installed. Despite being called 'Kodi boxes', they have nothing at all to do with the development of the Kodi media center software.

Last year, developers of Kodi threatened legal action against individuals who use the Kodi brand or images while selling devices marketed to enable piracy.

Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a very powerful media center solution that can run on Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Android. Its support for third party add-ons has made it very popular, as third-party add-ons can provide access to live TV, including live sports, while some provide a Netflix-like experience with access to tens of thousands of movies and TV shows, all without paying a subscription fee.

That does not make Kodi illegal of course, but marketing a media device as "fully loaded" with piracy add-ons pre-installed may be illegal in some places. It is currently being tested in the UK.



In the latest action against the growing trend of streaming, five traders were arrested in the UK for advertising and selling such devices online. The Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) estimates that the individuals have earned more than 250,000 selling such devices.

The action was taken on behalf of Sky, BT, Virgin Media and the Premier League, possibly due to worrying declines in sports package subscriptions.

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6 user comments

19.2.2017 07:59

The movie and tv apps for Kodi smell like Popcorn Time. Internet providers will certainly send you a letter on this one if your not protected.

29.2.2017 13:11

Originally posted by sikosrus:
The movie and tv apps for Kodi smell like Popcorn Time. Internet providers will certainly send you a letter on this one if your not protected.

There quite literally is no effective "protection" from having these streams detected. All current methods are merely placebos.

39.2.2017 14:20

Originally posted by sikosrus:
The movie and tv apps for Kodi smell like Popcorn Time. Internet providers will certainly send you a letter on this one if your not protected.
First off...........why are YOU a "newbie"??? I've been banned so many times I can't count but it's been a few years so perhaps the same happened to you??? :)



As for Kodi......IT'S TOTALLY POPCORN TIME. The most dangerous app EVER. Downloading torrents to your local drive behind the scenes is LUNACY! So I agree with you.

I quit using PT after my wife got DMCA notice from ATT pegging us for downloading a crap DISCONTINUED show called "Selfie". 30 min comedy and we got caught. Never heard anything after that tho.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Feb 2017 @ 2:20

49.2.2017 21:03

Originally posted by hearme0:
Originally posted by sikosrus:
The movie and tv apps for Kodi smell like Popcorn Time. Internet providers will certainly send you a letter on this one if your not protected.
First off...........why are YOU a "newbie"??? I've been banned so many times I can't count but it's been a few years so perhaps the same happened to you??? :)



As for Kodi......IT'S TOTALLY POPCORN TIME. The most dangerous app EVER. Downloading torrents to your local drive behind the scenes is LUNACY! So I agree with you.

I quit using PT after my wife got DMCA notice from ATT pegging us for downloading a crap DISCONTINUED show called "Selfie". 30 min comedy and we got caught. Never heard anything after that tho.
The most popular addon for KODI is Exodus.
This simply streams the videos from all the websites online hosting the content. No torrents at all. Just normal HTTP traffic = no warnings.

510.2.2017 09:30

Kodi is an excellent piece of software its how you use which makes it worthwhile.

612.2.2017 12:38

Originally posted by matthuisman:


The most popular addon for KODI is Exodus.
This simply streams the videos from all the websites online hosting the content. No torrents at all. Just normal HTTP traffic = no warnings.
The developer of Exodus has actually retired. I forget the whole story but he actually put code into Exodus that if you used it you would help DDOS attack some sites or people that he didn't like. The code has been removed but at the same time, the developer "retired" over it. I don't know if he'll stay retired, but right now Exodus is not being updated.


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