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Some Kodi Add-Ons Are Monitoring End Users Looking For Piracy

Authentic scrambled reception on a TV screenThe battle to stop piracy from third-party Kodi add-ons is now targeting end users.

For months now we have seen content owners go after add-on developers and box sellers who promote Kodi add-ons as a way to get free content. Now they seem to be switching their focus to stopping end users from using piracy add-ons by installing software on Kodi devices to scan what add-ons you are using.

How are content owners getting the ability to scan your add-ons? Recently a growing number of Kodi skins have included software called KN Addon Caretaker. When a Kodi user installs one of the skins with this add-on, they receive a warning: “You have one or more unauthorized repositories installed.”

For now all the add-ons are doing is warning end users that they have unauthorized add-ons; however, this software could someday be used to prove that users are illegally streaming pirated content through a Kodi add-on if they ever want to sue Kodi users who pirate content similar to people who used torrented content.

For now content owners seem content to go after add-on creators and box sellers who promote piracy; however, they have clearly started to turn attention to end users who pirate content through Kodi add-ons. How far they want to take that is still up in the air.

Source: Independent

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3 Responses to Some Kodi Add-Ons Are Monitoring End Users Looking For Piracy

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    Rick Barnett November 1, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

    Although they have the right to do so, suing the end user has proven to be a real PR killer in the past. They may go back to that but I think their main focus will still be on those who are sharing the content. On the other hand, the end user should be very wary of those who are providing the pirated content.

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    Marc H November 4, 2017 at 3:47 am #

    Go get them. Piracy hurts future content.

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      Patrick Martin November 8, 2017 at 12:44 am #

      I do not agree to pirating at all. However, the content should be available to us for a charge. Some of the pirated material are British, Australian, NZ channels. But because of licensing we can not legally view those channels over here. Since I am a fan of International channels, I would pay to have access to some UK channels like BBC and ITV.