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Bergman provided this useful information 1 year, 5 months ago:

Kodi / streaming now illegal in the EU


http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/797734/Kodi-Ban-European-Court-Ban




1 year, 5 months ago

Quote by Bergman:


http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/797734/Kodi-Ban-European-Court-Ban



Good information for people to have.  We don't sell our boxes loaded with anything more than Kodi.  The boxes we sell are 100% legitimate when purchased, and can be used for many things other than Kodi.  For example, I use my Android box to browse the web on my big screen TV, as well as using Plex Media Player.  All legit.

We are not here to babysit people who buy the boxes and install software that could get them into trouble.

Here is a ruling about selling boxes that are loaded:
https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/26/eu-court-rules-selling-pre-loaded-pirate-boxes-is-illegal/

As I mentioned, we don't sell loaded boxes.  Never have.  Never will.  We're not looking to get ourselves into trouble.  We also feel that people who are buying these boxes are mature enough to make the decision on their own regarding how to use the box.

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1 year, 5 months ago

This is not about selling preloaded boxes anymore.  

Here's what changed....this is new as of 2 days ago.


The Court of Justice of the European Union has categorically ruled that the temporary reproduction of copyright-protected work – without the consent of the rights holder – cannot be deemed as exempt from "right of reproduction".

...streaming the same content was previously a legal grey area.


"The Court also finds that temporary acts of reproduction, on that multimedia player, of a copyright protected work obtained by streaming on a website belonging to a third party offering that work without the consent of the copyright holder, cannot be exempted from the right of reproduction."




1 year, 5 months ago

Quote by Bergman:

This is not about selling preloaded boxes anymore.  

Here's what changed....this is new as of 2 days ago.


The Court of Justice of the European Union has categorically ruled that the temporary reproduction of copyright-protected work – without the consent of the rights holder – cannot be deemed as exempt from "right of reproduction".

...streaming the same content was previously a legal grey area.


"The Court also finds that temporary acts of reproduction, on that multimedia player, of a copyright protected work obtained by streaming on a website belonging to a third party offering that work without the consent of the copyright holder, cannot be exempted from the right of reproduction."




I get that.  Basically, the same rules apply in Europe now, as they have in the U.S. for a very long time.  

We are still able to sell our boxes, even with the new laws.  When people purchase a box from us, it is capable of streaming TV that is public domain.  For example, the NASA channel.  This is a free channel for anyone who wants to watch.  

Once someone gets the box home, they're on their own to decide what to install and how to use it.

1 year, 5 months ago

Again, not talking about the boxes. Look away from the boxes. These are not the boxes they are looking for.

This is about the end user streaming illegal content. Doesn't matter if they installed it or they bought it. Streaming content without explicit permission of the owner is illegal. Includes someone streaming at home without sharing. The question will be how is tracked when other legal content is being streamed?


1 year, 5 months ago

Quote by Bergman:

Again, not talking about the boxes. Look away from the boxes. These are not the boxes they are looking for.

This is about the end user streaming illegal content. Doesn't matter if they installed it or they bought it. Streaming content without explicit permission of the owner is illegal. Includes someone streaming at home without sharing. The question will be how is tracked when other legal content is being streamed?


I understand what you are saying.  There are a LOT of people who don't pay attention to these laws.  They are going to continue to download and stream content, regardless.  That is the choice of each individual.   Besides, people know that being tracked/found is near impossible if someone is using a decent VPN (https://billing.purevpn.com/aff.php?aff=27704).  Installing a VPN on the box makes the box invisible to anyone trying to see what is being done with the box.  Even the ISP can't see what is going on.

We don't promote illegal use.  

We do promote legal use.  

There are free music apps such as TuneIn Radio that have hundreds of free worldwide radio sources (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tunein.player&hl=en).

There are free TV apps such as USTVNow (http://www.ustvnow.com/mobile)

The makers of Kodi may have succumb to the pressure, anyway.  Check this out:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyXffUXGIo8&feature=youtu.be

Bottom line is I understand that you are sharing that streaming is now illegal.  I am simply stating that being illegal has rarely stopped people.  I wonder how many people in Germany are smoking marijuana, downloading music and video, streaming, etc.  It is their risk.


7 months, 1 week ago

There are many VPN providers that claims to be the best VPN for Kodi, but always make sure that that VPN DNS leak-proof and it doesn’t lose connection, because there is nothing worse than protecting yourself with something that isn’t secure enough.

7 months, 1 week ago

Quote by dmitchel:

There are many VPN providers that claims to be the best VPN for Kodi, but always make sure that that VPN DNS leak-proof and it doesn’t lose connection, because there is nothing worse than protecting yourself with something that isn’t secure enough.

True, but DNS leakage is more of a scare tactic. People are traced by IP address, not by DNS.  IP addresses are unique to a computer or router, or other connection to the Internet that can lead right back to the user account on an ISP.  The DNS can be used by hundreds, or even thousands of people at the same time within an ISP.  

If you are really worried, PureVPN is the way to go. 

This is a good explanation of DNS.  After you read it, you'll understand why DNS isn't really a threat.  

From the above link:
Without DNS servers, the Internet would shut down very quickly. But how does your computer know what DNS server to use? Typically, when you connect to your home network, Internet service provider (ISP) or WiFi network, the modem or router that assigns your computer's network address also sends some important network configuration information to your computer or mobile device. That configuration includes one or more DNS servers that the device should use when translating DNS names to IP address.

Here is another good read.  From this link:  
DNS leak protection just prevents your computer from ever using the DNS servers on your primary connection. A 'DNS Leak' will never expose the actual data youre sending over the vpn to anyone else. You will never get a notice for torrenting because your DNS leaked.


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