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post #1 of 430 (permalink) Old 2016-06-11, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Sale of Android boxes To Obtain "Free TV" Is Now Illegal In Canada.

Il looks that the Federal Court of Canada has just made it illegal to sell android boxes with Kodi or other add ons like Show Box or Popcorn tv.

https://torrentfreak.com/canada-fede...-boxes-160610/

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Federal Court not Supreme Court according to my newspaper.


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The full court case could take years to resolve, especially if someone with deep pockets funds the defendants. I think they are probably individuals with limited resources who were just trying to make a quick buck. Whether they plead guilty or hire lawyers to fight to the end, they could be wiped out financially. Based on the tone of the judge who granted the injunction, it sounds like the odds of a "not guilty" verdict are pretty slim.

The injunction applies to ITVBOX.NET, My Electronics, Android Bros Inc., WatchNSaveNow Inc and MTLFreeTV, however the judge ruled that the plaintiffs (Bell, Rogers and Videotron) could add new defendants to the case in the future and the new defendants would have 2 weeks to challenge the injunction.

Anyone selling Android boxes with preinstalled applications used to access copyrighted content would be at risk. The applications in question are KODI with addons for illegal content, Showbox or private IPTV Services that retransmit TV broadcasts over the Internet, usually for a monthly fee.

The judge wrote “These boxes have several uses for consumers, some of which are perfectly legal and some which skirt around the fringes of copyright law. This is not the first time a new technology has been alleged to violate copyright law, nor will it be the last.” and “For the time being, I am satisfied that the plaintiffs have established a strong prima facie case of copyright infringement and that an injunction would prevent irreparable harm without unduly inconveniencing the defendants.”

Here is a list of repositories and add-ons that Kodi has banned from their forum:

Official:Forum rules/Banned add-ons - Kodi

It looks like this injunction will effectively shut down the sale of pirate Android boxes.
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It may shut down local sales, but shutting down imports through the international online trade of these things seems like an impossible game of whack-a-mole.

To be clear, sale of boxes with Kodi remains 100% legal. Sale of boxes with Kodi specifically configured for accessing pirated content is now potentially illegal.
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The funny part is that Bell, Telus, Rogers and Videotron think plugging these holes will increase their bottom line. In fact they are trying to repair a sinking ship.

I use an antenna and seldom watch tv. I could be won over by having access to reasonably priced shows however that will never happen in Canada
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It is not only Canadian providers problem. Other countries have been after people selling Android boxes for a while now.
Seems to me that the war on piracy will intensify soon in many countries.

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This ruling won't stop piracy, it will only drive it further underground. Personally, I like the fact that these Android box sellers are being stopped. They are just making money from people who don't know how to configure the boxes themselves. Anyone can do it with any PC, Android box or even a phone. I don't condone it or do it myself but I don't see why the scumbags doing it for profit should get away with it.
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Let's be clear here. Kodi is not the culprit in this situation. In fact the developers of Kodi have a substantial legal team ready to commence litigation should anyone accuse them of piracy. This issue is with the ad-ons which allow an end user to stream illegal content. Those ad-ons are readily acquired on the internet so I fail to see how these actions by federal officials will stem piracy.
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couldn't they just sell these boxes without the kodi addons and then have a website that provides a a simple easy to use installer to set everything up
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Operating such a website in Canada is probably also illegal. Never mind that's what Android box sellers are doing themselves. Legal Android TV boxes are already available from many sources. The illegal Android box sellers just buy cheap Android boxes from China, install the pirating software from a site that already exists, then sell the Android box for a big markup. It's a quick and dirty profit for them.
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Well it is like the Big dishes, it will take some time to completely shut it down.
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post #13 of 430 (permalink) Old 2016-06-14, 03:23 PM
 
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yep, this is like when they tried to outlaw FTA boxes years ago because people could use them to get bell and dish sat
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Bought an Nvidia Shield, installed Kodi on it. I guess NVidia is in trouble? Or are we specifically talking about a precise combo of OS and software? Are there such laws prohibiting the combination of specific softwares?
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Boxes that run Android OS are not the same as boxes that run the Android TV OS like the Nvidia shield or the new sony TV's
But the issues seem to just be the devices that come with kodi and all sort of addons that allow people to get movies and tv shows for free already installed on them
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