Five Arrests In Kodi Streaming Box Raids

Five people have been arrested, accused of selling modified set top boxes that can stream subscription football matches, TV channels and films for free.

 

The sale of “fully loaded Kodi boxes” has been called a “top priority” by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact).

 

Fact said it believed the suspects made in the region of £250,000 selling the devices online.

 

Kodi is free software, which allows users to bring videos, music, games and apps together in one easy to use application.

 

However while these set top boxes are legal, some shops sell them preloaded with third party software, which allows users to watch subscription content for free.

The five arrests were made in Bolton, Bootle, Cheadle, Manchester and Rhyl.

Kieron Sharp, director general of Fact, said the arrests “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,” he said.

Fact said it had co-ordinated 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.

Jak Edgley

 

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