Kodi users will soon face a block from watching Premier League football
Kodi users will soon be blocked from watching illegal football streams.
The Premier League has just secured a court order which it hopes will help stop rights-infringing video streams of its matches.
This ruling will give the league the ability to block servers which are broadcasting the games – stopping users of Kodi devices from tuning in for free.
Until now, rights holders could only close individual streams which could easily be restarted via a new server.
Speaking about the new order a spokesman for Premier League said: "For the first time this will enable the Premier League to disrupt and prevent the illegal streaming of our matches via IPTV, so-called Kodi, boxes."
Fans who want to watch football on TV will now be urged to subscribe to official channels such as BT Sport and Sky.
Since it first launched back in 2003, Kodi has been shaped by some 500 developers and 200 translators.
And now the open-source media player runs on a whole host of different devices. In fact, some estimates place 20 million devices in use in the UK at the moment.
Using Kodi isn't illegal as long the content viewed via the service has been paid for is free to view.
However the problem with Kodi is that it can be used to watch content that is illegally taken from content providers like Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, Netflix, BBC Worldwide and others.
Those who use the Kodi platform to access this material would be taking a serious risk.
Obviously accessing the material in this manner is illegal.
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The news of the this latest Premier League ban comes after a number of Kodi arrests were made last month.
One man accused of selling "fully loaded" boxes has now been fined a massive £250,000.
Malcolm Mayes, from Hartlepool, sold IPTV boxes, sometimes referred to as ‘Kodi’ boxes or ‘Android’ boxes, which had been modified to allow the users to freely view content that should otherwise be paid for.
Mr Mayes targeted pubs and clubs when selling the devices, falsely claiming in national magazine adverts that they were ‘100% legal’.
He sold the boxes for around £1,000 each which enabled his customers to stream live ‘pay to view’ content, including live Premier League football, free of charge.
Speaking about the conviction Lord Toby Harris, Chair of National Trading Standards, said: “Mr Mayes knowingly sold these illegal boxes which breached copyright law, misleading small businesses by falsely claiming that these devices were legal. I hope this conviction sends a clear message that criminal activity doesn’t pay.
“I would also warn any person or business selling or operating such a device that they are in breach of copyright law. National Trading Standards will continue to protect legitimate business and pursue those who breach copyright in this way.”