Kodi for Windows 10 part of the piracy epidemic? We give our thoughts

By now many of us should know of Kodi, a very popular open source media player that is used a lot to pirate TV shows and movies. This software has been added to set-top boxes around the world to give the impression that Kodi itself is a haven for pirates, but such is not the case at all.

The creators of Kodi have never claimed that the software was designed for such uses, but nevertheless, many have made a mistake to say such is the case. For example, the folks who are behind the many Kodi boxes make it seem as if the media player comes packed with all the illegal third-party add-ons.

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Bear in mind that the Kodi developers have not sanction these add-ons, but seeing as the software is open source, we see no way for the developers to stop it from happening.

Not too long ago, the BBC released an article about Kodi where it viewed the software as a piracy epidemic. From what we can tell, the mainstream media is attempting to paint Kodi as a Popcorn Time replacement without realizing what the true nature of the software is.

If Kodi Is A Piracy App, Then So Are The Many Web Browsers

If we look at the state of web browsers today, they are capable of doing almost everything on the internet. Want to watch a movie illegally, simply fire up Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome and visit one of the many websites that supports the streaming of illegal content.

Web browsers also give users the ability to download illegal content whenever they want. Users downloading illegal content was not the intention of the creators of Edge, Firefox and Chrome. They cannot stop it either because the Internet is open. It’s a similar situation to Kodi, but some folks have decided to look at it from a different perspective.

In fact, a web browser is much better for illegal activity due to the vast amount of options available to the user when compared to Kodi.

The add-ons are the real reason Kodi is making headlines

If we go deeper into the beehive, it’s clear that without the add-ons, the Kodi Media Player would just be a regular media player. But hey, Google Chrome and other web browsers support add-ons that allow for doing a host of things.

For example, if you’re looking to watch media from a website, but you’re not in the United States, no problem, for there’s an extension available through the Chrome store fix that problem. Do we hear media outlets making a fuss about that? Of course not

Here’s what the developers had to say about the allegations in a recent blog post

“Team Kodi is officially tired of this. We are tired of new users coming into the forum, asking why the box that ‘we’ sold them was broken. We are tired of this endless campaign by dishonest salesmen to push a single use of Kodi that nobody on the team actually recommends. We are tired of these salesmen lying to users, claiming that pirate streams and pirate boxes are ‘legal’ when they are absolutely not at some level or other.”

Again, is Kodi a piracy epidemic?

No, it’s not. It’s simply a media player with advanced features that are being taken for granted by several companies and individuals looking to make a quick buck. We can only hope Microsoft stands firm because the app is now in the Windows Store for Windows 10, and we’d like to see it there for the foreseeable future and beyond.

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7 Comments

  1. Bumi2ush

    KODI is for poor students who cannot afford to pay for much. They are going to stream media for free any way they can so KODI is not the problem just a tool for clever programmers.

  2. fturla

    KODI is just a tool that some Microsoft developers created for the xbox then let the program out into the wild to try and thrive because the top Microsoft management did not have any good ideas on how to use the application. The main advantage with the program is the easy of use and development of add-on features onto the program without so much costs that can kill most projects. The main reason KODI has been a problem is not directly the concept of piracy in terms of illegal use but that the program is not proprietary and restricted in terms of usage as a product in general. What is the monetization process for the program and how can it thrive should the use of it become more difficult in the future? I don’t see the program not existing for a very long time because there are far too many people that use the product to get access to information throughout the web and internet that they could not get otherwise and it doesn’t matter if the data is legal or illegal. Sad but true fact is that KODI is probably one of the killer applications in the last decade that can be used in multiple tasks but the top industry titans don’t recognize the situation and the benefits.
    As for content issues, I find that there are many competing data providers both authorized and not authorized to provide specialized content throughout the web. You don’t need any particular program to access those sources but using tools to make the transactions easier seems to be the issue. The problem I see is what degree of hindrance to hide information from the general public is justified and reasonable and what is a valid denial of the individual and general public’s rights to view information? Because the matter is subject to the thinking of each controlling interest for each nation and region of the world, you won’t get a valid general consensus as to a framework to solve the general dilemma at hand. Or do you really want a solution in the first place?

  3. yvens001

    is google chrome part of the piracy epidemic, because people use it to download illegal software

  4. zocolofishing

    Kodi is for me a way to replace Microsoft’s Missing Windows-Media-Center. I do no ‘pirating’ with it. My cable feeds into KODI, like it used to feed into WMC.

  5. BMG1

    The BLACKBOX Rules !!!

  6. Raine Gaize

    Is it considered piracy if it’s just streaming of files? I mean, yes, you can watch literally anything on KODI -but you don’t download movies… in a sense it’s not exactly piracy.

  7. Gee

    KODI is good. OK ? The problem is the rampant piracy epidemic. KODI (and it’s community) innocently just makes everything easily accessible.

    I’m not in the business (neither media nor computer business). I’m just a consumer. I don’t have an answer, but something has got to give. I hate being raped by the Cable industry but I can not condone raping the entertainment industry (and it’s artists) of their due. I just wish I could pay a reasonable fee to some central organization and get access to all of the varied and eclectic materials I enjoy. KODI comes close but it’s free and people aren’t getting paid ! The “powers that be” WILL PUT A STOP TO THIS. And when they do, we will all be very sorry, indeed.

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