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Premier League wins fight to stop Kodi users streaming matches for free

Premier League wins fight to stop Kodi users streaming matches for free

The Premier League has been involved in a number of recent legal actions against individuals who have supplied Kodi boxes to football fans seeking to watch the matches without coughing up a subscription fee to Sky or BT. In 2015, Sky Plc and BT paid a record 5.14 billion pounds ($6.3 billion) for the rights to broadcast live English Premier League soccer over three years.

The Premier League has been granted a court order allowing it to blanked block internet servers powering illegal streams.

A British Court Order obtained by the Premier League means anyone with access to the illegal Kodi system, or you watch the games via pirate internet sites (doesn't matter in which country they are based) will have to shut down or the person (s) responsible can expect a hefty fine, and or prison.

"This will enable us to target the suppliers of illegal streams to IPTV boxes, and the internet, in a proportionate and precise manner".


"We'll continue to work with rights holders, government, online market places and content creators to tackle today's piracy and make people aware of the risks it presents and the damage it causes". While designed for viewing legitimate content, they can also be used for illegal streaming. We reported on one such case earlier this week. A recent survey by security firm Irdeto found that Kodi boxes are still big in the United Kingdom, with around 11% of those who admitted to watching illegal content owning one. It is important to be accurate here for the sake of both existing users and those who might be interested in giving it a go.

Good riddance to the pirates, good riddance to illegal streaming and "bravo" for common sense. The U.K.'s Intellectual Property Office announced a probe into their impact in February.

The UK courts are yet to fully test this law, so until full clarity is provided it is probably best to be cautious.


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