Tech Companies Have Spoken Out Against Using Kodi as a Piracy Scapegoat (Gizmodo)


These days Kodi, and Kodi Box are almost synonymous with streaming-based piracy – given how widespread the use of so-called Kodi boxes are. But Kodi isn’t designed for piracy in mind, and the developers have done everything they can to avoid association with unscrupulous third-party add-ons. But one industry group is warning against using the open-source media player as a scapegoat.

In the U.S. the MPAA has warned about what are known as Kodi boxes, saying “an emerging global threat is streaming piracy which is enabled by piracy devices preloaded with software to illicitly stream movies and television programming and a burgeoning ecosystem of infringing add-ons.”

Meanwhile the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), whose members includes the likes of Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Netflix has warned the US Government’s Trade Representative (USTR) that it shouldn’t blame Kodi for the actions of others. Basically it’s saying that the problem isn’t open source media players.