The Premier League has managed to secure a court order to help stop streams of football matches, which are commonly viewed on so-called Kodi boxes, that infringe broadcasting rights. These new powers let the broadcasters, and the relevant football authorities, to precisely target the pirates by blocking the source and preventing more streams from being accessible.
The High Court in England has approved a Premier League move to block entire computer servers, signalling a step up in the fight against pirate enabling platforms such as Kodi.
Football fans are now being urged instead to get a Sky Sports or BT Sport subscription, or watch games at a venue that pays for access.
Earlier this week, a man was caught selling "fully loaded" Kodi boxes at pubs around the country and was subsequently handed a suspended prison sentence alongside a £250,000 fine.
It reported that 11% of Brits that admitted to watching pirated streams in a survey said they did so via a Kodi box.
"Accessing premium paid-for content without a subscription is considered by the industry as unlawful access, although streaming something online, rather than downloading a file, is likely to be exempt from copyright laws", Derbyshire County Council trading standards officers recently said.
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Kodi is a free media player app for playing videos, music, pictures or games, and streams media from local and network storage or the internet.
Some shops sell set-top boxes and TV sticks known as Kodi boxes, preloaded with the software.
'[Kodi boxes] are small plug and play media servers, originally created to allow consumers to stream legitimate content (locally stored or legal online content).
Using Kodi software (which can be installed on smartphones or PCs) remains legal - it's just installing add-ons to allow piracy which is the problem.
However, they can be used to gain third party add-ons that offer illegal streams as well as the legal TV services.