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Selling Illegal Set-Top Boxes Lead to Arrest

“Fully loaded Kodi boxes” are in vogue in many countries because of its streaming capability and announced as the “top priority” of selling those by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).

As a matter of fact, yesterday, 8th February, 2017, in early morning raids 5 traders were arrested. The accusation against the suspects was selling off £250,000 online in the region.

Some volunteers took the initiative of building of Kodi as a free software to bring videos, music, games and photographs together in one easy-to-use application.

Kodi boxes with preloaded software are sold by some shops in the form of set-top boxes and TV sticks legally. The developers behind Kodi say their software does not contain any content of its own and is designed to play legally owned media or content “freely available” on the internet.

The EU passed a law that box sellers will now have to verify that the links they include with their TV boxes do not infringe on any possible copyright laws. Obviously, this is a logistic nightmare for sellers. The more add-ons that are included, the more links that are there to verify.

To make it easier, many companies have simply stripped out the add-ons, but set up tutorials on how to install them after you purchase their device – sidestepping the law.

But the sale of these so-called “fully loaded” boxes is currently the subject of a legal test. Those five were arrested happened in Bolton, Bootle, Cheadle, Manchester and Rhyl.

“Should send out a clear warning to anyone involved in the sale and distribution of illegal set-top boxes. Set-top boxes loaded with apps and add-ons allowing access to copyright infringing material are very much illegal and anyone involved in selling these boxes should not be surprised to receive a knock on the door”, said by the director general of Fact Kieron Sharp.

Fact said it had coordinated its “day of action” on behalf of the Premier League and subscription television providers BT, Sky and Virgin Media.

The five have been released on bail following questioning

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