Kodi users could soon find out if they are breaking the law when they stream their favourite TV shows and films.
Following an investigation by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) a decision on the future of the technology will soon be made.
The use of Kodi devices has been a grey area and there has been some confusion over whether it is legal to sell the devices and what they can be used for.
The potential changes could have implications for those who use Kodi boxes, so here is everything you need to know at the moment.
Where does the law stand now?
Unaltered Kodi boxes are perfectly legal but the content that can be streamed on “pre-loaded” boxes is causing controversy. This content can range from Sky Sports to films currently in the cinema, and that, prosecutors claim, is illegal.
If you’re already comfortable with watching streams on websites such as Putlocker, then using Kodi with particular add-ons is no different. If you aren’t, it’s worth steering clear of many of Kodi’s most popular extensions.
A court case could soon change everything
A court case involving Middlesbrough resident Brian Thompson could play an important role in the future of Kodi.
Mr Thompson is thought to be the first man brought to court to face allegations of selling pre-loaded Kodi or Android boxes.
He entered not guilty pleas at Teesside Magistrates’ Court, and a trial is expected to start before a judge on May 8.
However, that case has not led to Kodi boxes being banned.
Until Mr Thompson’s case, or another like it, has gone through the courts, it is likely that Kodi boxes will still be sold on the high street.
Retail giants like Tesco and Amazon are selling similar devices, although they do not come pre-loaded.
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