The New ‘Digital Economy Act’ Could Get Kodi Box Users to 10 Years Imprisonment

The crackdown against copyright infringement took a new toll when the UK government introduced ‘Digital Economy Act’ which restricts internet users to share illegal files and leads up to 10 years imprisonment.

The new bill is aimed at stopping the distribution of illegal content resulting in an increased jail term from 2 years to a maximum of 10 years. But one needs to ask if Kodi users could get in to trouble for streaming videos or is kodi really illegal?.

The CEO of Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) referring to Kodi device said that the consumers need to be aware that such devices that charges a premium pay for TV channels but does not offer a legitimate subscription, is illegal.

Kodi Users Could Face 10 Years in Prison

Upon asking the same question, the FACT chief replied, “Although end users are not the prime targets, but they could as well be swept in to our operations and will indefinitely become a part of criminal investigations that may lead to plausible prosecution”

His statement reflects lack of clarity if Kodi end users are likely or unlikely to face prosecution. However, in the light of the Digital Economy Act, Kodi users are extremely unlikely to be prosecuted because of the fact that the law is a crackdown to stop illegally distributed content.

Kodi boxes have become extremely popular over the past few years as it allows Kodi users to stream copyright content straight to their TVs. A research from YouGov suggests that in a span of few years Kodi has sold over five million boxes and as a result becoming a potential threat to Sky TV, Amazon, and Netflix.

Kodi users have a nag of appearing on the news for all the good and bad reasons. Few days ago the European Court of Justice ruled the streaming of copyrighted material for free as illegal, pointing out towards Kodi boxes.

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The new copyright infringement Act has emerged at a time when UK consumers were shifting their preference from pay TV channels to Kodi boxes. While subscription to pay TV channels may cost UK consumers around £100 per month, downloading illegal content was their affordable choice.

Kodi users may not be on the radar for now, but the CEO of FACT have suggested that accessing of illegal content may have a change in the law as well, by counting them as equally responsible.

Nick Michaelson

Nick Michaelson already had a taste of writing fiction in his early age but developing his interest in tech writing was one in which he had command in his teenage. Being millennial, reading about gadgets and technology inspired him and this is what who he is today. Playing tennis on his regular day is what keeps him fit, while fighting for the cause of displaced animals makes his life worth it.
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5 Responses to The New ‘Digital Economy Act’ Could Get Kodi Box Users to 10 Years Imprisonment

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  3. Susan says:

    I’m an older person and tried to find out about this Kodi service. Is it illegal to have this box? I want to give them as gifts, but I’m so confused about the law. Can anyone clear this information for me? Please help? Thanks

    • Nick Michaelson says:

      Hello Susan, Kodi Boxes or Android Boxes that have Kodi in them are either legal or illegal. How do you differentiate between them is to research which of these boxes have Kodi third-party add-ons are built-in within them. Kodi third-party add-ons are illegal taht is why these boxes are illegal. Kodi, on the other hand is not illegal, only its third-party add-ons are.
      Check out our blog on Best Kodi Boxes here: https://www.kodivpn.co/best-kodi-boxes/ and view the best legal Kodi boxes. I am sure that these legal boxes would turn out as a great gift.

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