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U.K. Kodi Set-Top Pirate Pleads Guilty

27 Sep, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel

A British consumer electronics retailer has pleaded guilty to selling Kodi set-top boxes with software that enabled users to illegally stream movies and Premiere League soccer matches, among other content.

Kodi, which is a free open-source media player software app developed by the XBMC Foundation, a non-profit tech consortium, is not illegal to own or use.

Brian Thompson Sept. 25 pleaded guilty to two charges — selling and advertising the devices — involving the 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. He will be sentenced Oct. 20. Kodi hardware and related software is not illegal.

Thompson, who was arrested last year, in January vowed to fight the first-ever piracy charges in the United Kingdom involving a set-top box, claiming anyone could use the Kodi boxes to pirate copyrighted content.

"These boxes are available from all over the place, not just me, but it's the downloading of software to watch channels that is apparently causing the problem,” Thompson told The Northern Echo.

A similar case involving an online business owner in Holland who marketed Kodi boxes with illegal software found the owner guilty of copyright infringement.


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