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Everybody knows somebody with a Kodi box – what they probably don’t know is the new law that means they could get jailtime for it.
Okay, so the chances of that happening for a smalltime viewer are pretty low – but following the activation of the UK government’s Digital Economy Act, copyright infringement, which is what Kodi is all about, can now land folk in prison for 10 years.
Despite whether or not the average Kodi user will end up in prison, they are still – in the eyes of the law – criminals, according to the Mirror.
Matt Hancock, the minister of state for Digital and Culture said:
I’m delighted the Digital Economy Act has become law.
This legislation will help build a more connected and stronger economy. The Act will enable major improvements in broadband rollout, better support for consumers, better protection for children on the Internet, and further transformation of government services.
CEO of FACT Kieron Sharp, explained to the Mirror that the law is mainly targetted at those committing a serious offence, such as ‘making a businses’ and profit out of Kodi boxes.
Those who occasionally stream a movie or two are highly unlikely to be severely prosecuted.
For minor matters, nothing changes. But it should hopefully provide a little bit of clarity.
A wind of change is, sort of, on the horizon.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.