Kodi says it has ‘no interest’ in stopping streaming of illegal content

Avatar By Billy Kirk | 4 years ago

Despite a controversial new law earlier this month warning that people using Kodi services to stream illegal content in the UK face up to ten years in prison the company has said that it won’t try to stop users watching illegal streams.

The firm claims that it is not interested in policing the software, and has urged its users to “continue using Kodi however you want.”

Earlier this month, the Digital Economy Bill warned that users making and streaming films using torrents online would be committing a criminal offense.

In the ruling that affects people in Europe, users will now face up to ten years in prison if caught streaming illegal content.

But in a statement on the landmark ruling, Nathan Betzen, Kodi’s community and project manager said: “We are developers and not the police, and we have no interest in acting as police for our software.

Kodi will remain as free and as open as it always has. Feel free to continue using Kodi however you want.”

While the Kodi player itself is legal, the boxes are being sold equipped with add-ons to stream illegal content.

But Bretzen claims that his company does not see this as their problem.

“We do ask that if you decide to use Kodi in a way that is illegal, please leave out of it,” he said, adding that people who steal cars don’t tweet a picture of their stolen car to Ford Motor Co.

The new bill makes minor copyright infringements illegal and proposes a maximum ten-year sentence for people creating the illegal content.