You'd think they would be too busy trying to get Brexit over the line but the Kodi crackdown in UK must be too important for the Government. Update here.
They now have a name for it. Illicit Streaming Device (ISD) is the buzzword the UK Government are using now. They have just released a Guidance Note on 20th November with information on the legalities of streaming.
It's basic information designed to inform the UK public what is legal and what isn't. I'm not sure everyone is overly concerned about streaming illegal content but if they are, a VPN would protect them anyway.
This Kodi update will also reveal what one Kodi developer in the UK thinks about all the threats from the major broadcasting companies and why this crackdown will continue for the foreseeable future.
Definition: Illicit Streaming Devices
This is what the UK Government perceive as illegal. If you read the guidance note it could be argued that it's not really logical. At least, that's my take on it and I'll explain why. Firstly, let's take a look at their definition.
This was issued by the Intellectual Property Office which is a Government branch. I think we can all agree that the first paragraph is fairly logical and a good analogy. But let's take a closer look at the third paragraph.
If this is the case, then they have missed laptop and PC off the list. After all, laptops are legal but if they access illicit content then that must mean they are illegal right? This is applying the UK Government's logic after all.
So, one minute the TV box is legal then a minute later it becomes illegal. They didn't really think this through did they? I'm not going to add any more from the Guidance Note because I find it all quite sad but you are welcome to read it yourself.
Kodi Update from TorrentFreak
TF reports on the continuous crackdown with cease-and-desist letters being hand delivered to developers all across the UK. The MPAA have been policing the industry Worldwide in recent years but now the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) have joined the party.
This is a group containing global entertainment names like BBC, Amazon, Sky, HULU, etc. and their mission is to target illegal streaming devices like Tickbox TV who are a recent victim of legal action by ACE. There's no mention of laptops or PCs being illegal when streaming illegal content.....phew!
TF interviewed a UK Kodi app developer who chose to remain anonymous (for obvious reasons). He has intimated that this crackdown will be met with a show of defiance from developers who have nothing to lose except a giro.
It kind of puts it all in perspective when you have major companies targeting one man on a council estate. It feels a bit unfair to me.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that they’re turning up mob-handed to put the shits up people like Alpha and the rest of us,” the developer said. “It’s hardly a fair dust-up is it? What have we got to fight back with, a giro [state benefits]? It’s a show of force, ‘look how important we are’!” Interestingly, however, the dev told us that it isn’t necessarily the size of the coalition that has him most concerned. What caught his eye was the inclusion of two influential UK-based companies in the alliance. “Having Sly [a local derogatory nickname for Sky TV] and the Premier League on the letter makes it much more serious to me than seeing Warner or whatever,” he commented. - Torrentfreak
Whether you agree with him or not, this war on Kodi isn't going away any time soon. Thanks to the Prime Minister we are now under scrutiny from the Snoopers' Charter which was passed in 2016.
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