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Using Kodi to stream pirated films and TV shows in the UK could get you 10 years in JAIL after contr

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  1. Asif WILSON Khan

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    Illegally watching and sharing copyrighted content could land you in prison for up to a DECADE, thanks to the UK government's Digital Economy Act.

    Following a recommendation put forward by the UK International Property Office (IPO) , the maximum prison term for copyright infringement has been increased from two years to ten.

    And last week, the Digital Economy Act received Royal Assent, meaning it officially passes into law.

    "I'm delighted the Digital Economy Act has become law," Matt Hancock, the minister of state for Digital and Culture said.

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    "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."

    So what does this mean for those that engage in illegal streaming?

    Kieron Sharp, the CEO of FACT , told Mirror Tech that the copyright measures included in the bill are primarily targeted at those committing a serious offense. Anyone "making a business" out of selling illegal content could potentially face up to ten years rather that two.

    Those who casually stream a couple of movies every once in a while are extremely unlikely to be prosecuted to such extremes, he said.

    "For minor matters, nothing changes," he said. "But it should hopefully provide a little bit of clarity."

    Letter of the law
    Regardless of the practicalities of enforcing the bill, the Act does mean those using streaming services or torrents to watch copyrighted material are - under the letter of the law - criminals.

    As the Open Rights Group notes, Clause 27 of the Act states that criminal liability is to be determined by "causing loss" and "risk of loss" to the owner of the copyright.

    This is defined as merely failing to pay a licence fee, so ordinary people engaged in domestic "filesharing" on a non-commercial basis could potentially find themselves facing long jail sentences.

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    Furthermore, the raised penalties could be used for speculative invoicing by predatory law firms.

    There are a number of companies, often referred to as "copyright trolls", that look for evidence of copyright infringement online, in order to send threatening letters asking for payment.

    "While we don't think that all those people are going to suddenly face criminal charges, they can be threatened with it," said Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group.

    "That's going to fuel all kinds of copyright letter-writing - at its worst, the copyright trolls, who send people invoices saying 'You owe us hundreds of pounds for file-sharing and if you don't pay up we'll take it to court'.

    "That's going to make that threat really serious, because it's potentially attached to a 10-year sentence. And that's going to make it much harder and much more onerous for people to say, 'No, I didn't do this, I'm innocent'."

    Mr Sharp said that, in reality, the most a small-time streamer is likely to be threatened with is a six month suspended sentence and a costly fee.

    However, at some point, an example could be made by prosecuting a casual user.

    "At some point, someone who is illegally streaming is going to get caught. Although it's not our wish to go after the end user," he said.

    Kodi crackdown continues
    Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies continue to crack down on people who sell TV streaming devices prepackaged with a range of Kodi addons that offer access to illegally distributed content.

    Selling these "fully loaded" TV set-top devices is a breach of the Copyright, Designs and Patent Act 1988.

    In December 2016, Terry O'Reilly was sentenced to four years imprisonment for selling illegal set-top TV boxes, a prosecution brought by the Premier League with support from FACT.

    Then, in March, Malcolm Mayes, from Hartlepool, was sentenced to ten months in prison (suspended for one year) and ordered to pay costs of £170,000.

    The boxes, which he sold for around £1,000 each, enabled his customers to stream live "pay to view" content - including live Premier League football - free of charge. Mr Mayes falsely claimed that they were "100% legal".

    "I hope this conviction sends a clear message that criminal activity doesn't pay," said Lord Toby Harris, chair of National Trading Standards, at the time.

    "I would also warn any person or business selling or operating such a device that they are in breach of copyright law."




    SOURCE: http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknew...roversial-law-is-passed/ar-BBAGReq?li=AA9SkIr
     
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    Yeah shit's getting draconian. I tried to find a pirate Formula 1 feed for the Russia GP (I do pay for the fucking thing, but I wasn't at home) and everyone was paranoid about it on the channels chat I found.
     
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    Yeah, we got that shit in my country too but I don't give AF, have been downloading torrents and NZB since 1997 and couldn't care less, in my country they bark but don't bite, they just don't have the manpower for it, plus I usually have a VPN installed by default.

    Kodi has VPN options too so fuck em!
     
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    sad news for Kodi lovers....:(
     
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    It's crazy, you could rob,rape and kill and still do less time.
     
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    Not really, how many years they trying to outlaw Pirating? How many years have they succeed? They take something down, something else comes back.
     
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    I think this main reason of this... is those guys who sell boxes Loaded with Kodi ...I see many of them on Ebay and amazon...

    even the official Kodi community respond to that ...
     
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    for me, will use Kodi even if I will get 50 years in prison...so as you said a good VPN with Kodi is all we need
     
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    It's getting ridiculous. That kid from Reddit, Aaron Swarz could end up most his life, if not life, behind bars. He took his own life. For distributing scientific papers.

    Heck, you could find these papers online at several universities which left their gateways open and google crawled them, also lots of proprietary papers are open accidentally at scholar.google.com - yet this guy faced charges so harsh he couldn't take the pressure.

    Shit's getting pretty ridiculous. I thought Bill Clinton went overboard with DMCA, now I think we're reaching a whole new level of 1984.
     
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    Exactly and I'm not even using a VPN for kodi ATM but that's IDC about much at this phase of my life plus over here they really don't have the manpower for it, they already told the people that they will not focus on the down-loaders but on the up-loaders :D and realistically, if you had to go after all down-loaders you can pretty much jail the whole fucking country.
     
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    All these kind of laws are not in my country. We do everything freely. We don't even pay tax.
     
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    No law can't stop me watching pirated movies.No damn government can't stop from watching what I want to watch in my house.
     
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    Hahaha , Exactly ..
     
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    It's bokers. A fucking nonce will get a few years in prison max, but if you sell one of these boxes then you can get up to 10. Given that these child abusers are the scum of the Earth and the damage that they cause is much more detrimental than someone streaming shit online these pigs should be hung, drawn and quartered.
     
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    Or get into kiddy porn and proclaim yourself a GodOfSEO.....
     
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    Right, laws can't, but they can: [​IMG]
     
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    They have a higher up to sentence
    https://www.jordanssolicitors.co.uk/2013/11/what-is-the-minimum-sentence-for-child-abuse/
     
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    The people involved in piracy aren't getting the full sentence either.