Apr 202016
 

Some information for Kodi users, which may affect how they watch TV and Movies.

Popular addons UK Turk, NJM Soccer, and others have removed their add-ons after a malicious Kodi group has stolen their hard work.

Essentially, some groups are maliciously stealing the code from addons of genuine developers and passing it off as theirs, a lot of developers such as UKturks and Metal Kettle etc and more no doubt are either throwing the towel in or suspending their addons.

Update: More Kodi developers have taken their work offline! If you want these great add-ons back, we have to take a STAND as a Kodi community and let “Team Anonymous” scum know that they are not welcome.
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Mar 252016
 

The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit is continuing its crackdown against sellers of piracy-enabled Android TV devices.

In the latest raid, a 38-year-old man was arrested in London, and seized more than 500 alleged ‘pirate’ Android devices.

PIPCU say that its investigation began in February 2016 after a broadcaster complained that modified devices were being sold both on the Internet and from a shop in Walthamstow. Details coming out of PIPCU are scarce but it’s possible that the broadcaster in question was either Sky TV and/or the Premier League, whose content is widely offered for streaming via these kinds of units.

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Mar 182016
 

The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has arrested six individuals suspected of being involved in the supply of ‘pirate’ Android boxes.

The Android boxes are configured with legal software such as Kodi, which is modified by add ons to make Kodi do less legal things such as obtain free TV from the Internet.

Individuals looking to make a quick buck are selling piracy-configured devices on eBay, Amazon and other venues, meaning that anyone can get in on the close-to-free TV action by shelling out a few pounds, euros or dollars.

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Nov 182015
 

There are reports that some Internet Service Providers (ISP) are starting to issue Copyright Infringement Notices to Kodi Users

The reports say that some Kodi users who use Kodi to stream content have received copyright infringement notifications from the contents rights holders. One user had been streaming the latest Mad Max Fury Road movie, and received a copyright infringement notifications referring to the time he was streaming the movie on Kodi.

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Nov 052015
 

Popular torrent release group YIFY and its official YTS website have shut down permanently.

The unexpected shutdown marks the end of an era that started at the turn of the decade.

Ten days ago the popular movie torrent site YTS stopped working. The downtime raised concern among many BitTorrent users, not least because the site belongs to movie release group YIFY, which has dominated public BitTorrent sites for several years
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Jul 022015
 

Officers from a UK-based Regional Organized Crime Unit (ROCU), the Government Agency Intelligence Network (GAIN) and the Federation Against Copyright Theft have carried out more raids in pursuit of ‘pirate’ Android TV boxes. More than a thousand devices were seized in two locations this morning and at least two people have been arrested.

After a joint investigation by the Metropolitan Police and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) into the sales of set-top boxes programmed to provide access to movies, TV shows, live sports and subscription channels without permission, officers raided locations in the south and Midlands areas of the country.
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Jun 212015
 

Amazon has removed the popular media center Kodi from the app store claiming it facilitates piracy. The software, formerly known as XBMC, doesn’t link to or host any infringing content, but third-party add-ons are giving the software a bad reputation.

Taking “infringing” apps out of popular app stores is one of Hollywood’s key anti-piracy priorities for the years to come.

Various entertainment industry groups frequently report “piracy-enabling” apps to Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon, alongside requests for the stores to take them offline.
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Jun 142015
 

XMBC / KODI Android TV Box Sellers Raided By Police for copyright infringement

Sellers of Android boxes loaded with software enabling the free viewing of movies, TV shows and live sports (like Sky TV) have been raided this week by UK authorities.

Trading Standards officers, police and representatives from Sky TV carried out raids in several locations, causing other sellers to quickly reconsider the tone of their marketing efforts.

Apple TV boxes, Android set-top boxes and even the lowly Raspberry PI can run software such as Kodi (previously XBMC) alongside third-party addons to provide all of the above at virtually zero cost.

And the provision of these third-party addons are what the broadcasters and rights holders are acting against.

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