- Kodi is a free service that streams apps and on-demand services onto your TV
- Many of the plug-ins offered host illegal streaming services for films and shows
- A new bill has ruled that people making the illegal content could go to prison
- Ten year sentences would only be applied in the most serious of criminal circumstances
Thousands of people using Kodi boxes to stream illegal content in the UK could face up to 10 years in prison, thanks to a controversial new law.
The Digital Economy Bill warns that people making and streaming films using torrents online will be committing a criminal offence.
The news comes shortly after Amazon banned ‘fully-loaded’ Kodi TV boxes and other pirate devices from its global online store.
The new bill criminalises minor copyright infringement, and proposes a maximum ten year sentence for people making the illegal content.
The offence criminalises infringements where money hasn’t been paid or there is a ‘risk of loss’ – which means nearly anything published online without permission could attract a prison sentence.
For those downloading or streaming content, charges are unlikely to be pressed.
In a letter to the Open Rights Group, the Intellectual Property Office said: ‘It is important to note that the criminal offences apply to making material available to others, not to those just downloading material to their computers.
‘Anyone seeking to enforce their rights for the downloading of material would be unlikely to refer to this legislation.
‘Ten year sentences would only be applied in the most serious of criminal circumstances.’
Kodi is software that enables you to stream apps and on-demand services onto your TV.
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