Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'We're Developers, Not Police' Kodi Says It Won't Stop Customers Watching Illegal Streams

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'We're Developers, Not Police' Kodi Says It Won't Stop Customers Watching Illegal Streams

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Byline: MIKE BROWN mike.brown@trinitymirror.com @MIKEBROWNGAZ

KODI says it will not act as police for its own software - but one of its biggest add-ons will stop supplying content.

The EU Court of Justice ruled last month that streaming football, films and TV shows on Kodi and other android devices is illegal - essentially the same as downloading.

In a statement on that landmark ruling, which affects users in Europe only, Kodi said it stands by its "neutral" policy.

"We are developers and not the police, and we have no interest in acting as police for our own software," said Nathan Betzen, community and project manager for Kodi, reports The Mirror.

"Kodi will remain as free and as open as it always has. Feel free to continue using Kodi however you want."

Kodi media players are not illegal, but the grey area comes in when third-party plug-ins and add-ons are downloaded to make the boxes "fully loaded".

However one of the platform's leading addons has now said it will not continue to supply content.

Navi-X has been in operation since 2007 but, according to the team behind it, the current legal issues have made it dangerous to continue.

"After 10 years of successful operation, Navi-X has sadly been discontinued. Navi-X was first released in April 2007, and is the oldest Kodi add-on of its kind," the development team explained to The Mirror.

Kodi will and as open has. Feel continue however want.

"The main reason why the decision was made to discontinue the Navi-X service is the current legal climate surrounding Kodi." There are believed to be about 20 million devices running Kodi in use in the UK at the moment.

The news comes amid a huge crackdown on streaming devices and piracy.

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has announced a consultation into the devices - specifically pre-loaded boxes - due to the kit leaving the likes of the Premier League and Sky TV out of pocket.

The consultation is seeking help from several groups with experience of investigating and prosecuting offences related to streaming devices and could lead to the boxes being banned. …

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