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Piracy Entertainment

Kodi Magazine 'Directs Readers To Pirate Content' (bbc.com) 48

An anonymous reader writes: A British magazine is directing readers to copyright-infringing software, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) has said. Kodi is a free, legal media player for computers -- but software add-ons can make it possible to download pirated content. The Complete Guide to Kodi magazine instructs readers on how to download such add-ons. Dennis Publishing has not yet responded to a BBC request for comment. The magazine is available at a number of retailers including WH Smith, Waterstones and Amazon. It was spotted on sale by cyber-security researcher Kevin Beaumont. It repeatedly warns readers of the dangers of accessing pirated content online, but one article lists a series of software packages alongside screenshots promoting "free TV", "popular albums" and "world sport". "Check before you stream and use them at your own risk," the guide says, before adding that readers should stay "on the right side of the law."
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Kodi Magazine 'Directs Readers To Pirate Content'

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  • So do I, (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Torrentz2.eu

  • Oh, come on. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 22, 2017 @02:09AM (#54856747)

    Leave Kodi alone. It's bad enough Netflix and other legal streaming services won't develop an add-on for the media player, but now you attack a piece of software because add-on developers, (NOT CORE), made something which CAN stream pirated content?

    Fuck off already.

  • Consider Windows (Score:5, Interesting)

    by John Allsup ( 987 ) <moostyle.martial ... NO@SPAMallsup.co> on Saturday July 22, 2017 @03:32AM (#54856843) Homepage Journal

    Microsoft Windows is a legal operating system you can run on your PC, but it is possible to install add-ons which permit the user to download pirated content. Indeed Microsoft Windows is the most popular platform amongst software and media pirates. In addition, Microsoft does essentially nothing to prevent its operating system being used for piracy.

    • That sort of thinking wont stop at windows.
    • I think you can say, with little debate, that Windows is the greatest enabler of media piracy for the masses ever created, aside from the internet itself.
    • The difference is that Windows is usually used for non-piracy related reasons. Meanwhile, there is just about zero reason to use Kodi for non-piracy related reasons.

      It's like bittorrent, or SNES emulators...sure people can use it for Linux distributions or their self-transferred SNES game files, but realistically they are both 99.9% used for piracy, and everybody knows it, and anybody who claims otherwise is being disingenuous because they want to make a point.

      • It's like bittorrent, or SNES emulators...sure people can use it for Linux distributions or their self-transferred SNES game files, but realistically they are both 99.9% used for piracy

        I notice you mentioned the Super NES as opposed to the original NES. Is this because of the healthy amateur game development scene on the NES compared to the lack of one on the Super NES?

    • by tepples ( 727027 )

      Microsoft does essentially nothing to prevent its operating system being used for piracy.

      Of course it does. Windows Store in theory doesn't accept applications whose primary purpose is copyright infringement. Windows 10 S doesn't run applications obtained outside Windows Store. All that's left is to retire Windows 10 Home in favor of Windows 10 S.

  • by thegarbz ( 1787294 ) on Saturday July 22, 2017 @03:33AM (#54856847)

    Is there anything illegal about streaming content? Pretty much every case I've seen has centred around uploading or making available (the downside of torrenting). On a purely download / streaming basis has anyone actually ever been found guilty of copyright infringement?

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      It is now, in the UK.

      The law was unclear until recently. The Digital Economy Act was passed in April. It's one of those grab-bag laws which ended up covering a wide manner of essentially unrelated matters because so many MPs saw it as a chance to tack on their own amendments - it's got provisions relating to internet pornography, bulk purchasing of event tickets, subtitling requirements, contracted workers and a lot of other stuff. Burried in among all that is the section which clarifies that streaming copy

  • by Hognoxious ( 631665 ) on Saturday July 22, 2017 @04:11AM (#54856913) Homepage Journal

    Big deal detector set to max sensitivity. Reading nothing. Flatline.

  • by tomxor ( 2379126 ) on Saturday July 22, 2017 @05:23AM (#54857009)
    seeing as computers have these addons called programs that can be used to pirate software... we know where this road goes, cars can be used by theives etc. FACT is a lie.
  • There's always going to be some degree of sharing (that they want to demonize as 'piracy') no matter how draconian they get about it, and beyond a certain point it makes no sense to squeeze any tighter. Keep in mind that these people are of a mindset such that they get all anxious at the thought that someone might pay a rental fee for ONE copy of a movie, yet invite TEN or TWENTY people over to watch it, and they're not paying.
  • Privacy is gone. Say goodbye to it. ISPs will officially track "every link you click, every move you make". So, at this point, it is time to make lemonade from lemons and delegate content payment distribution on ISPs: we pay a fixed ISP fee we are paying now, no more, ISP determines the content we are watching and distributes the correponding portion to content owners.

    Whether you wanted or not, this is where it will be going.

  • Yay police state! Culture only for those who can pay! Fuck you, plebs, that's why!

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