The EU and UK are taking some radical measures aimed at those who wish to stream copyright-protected content. At the end of April, the Court of Justice of the European Union has categorically ruled that the temporary reproduction of copyright-protected work – without the consent of the rights holder – cannot be deemed as exempt from “right of reproduction”.
On May 4th, The British Government’s Digital Economy Act received royal assent, meaning anyone caught sharing illegal files in the UK could now be imprisoned for up to 10 years. Until now, the maximum jail term for copyright infringement was 2 years.
Although the new bill is mainly aimed at stopping those distributing content illegally, end users could also end up in trouble.
Downloading pirated copies of movies, music and television shows was always illegal, as it constituted copyright infringement. However, streaming the same content used to be a legal grey area. The reason for this is that files that are stored temporarily – like those being created and constantly overwritten when streaming media content online – were technically exempt under copyright law.
This loophole enabled those who sold set-top boxes, like those powered by the Kodi media player software, to promote the easy facilitation of piracy via streaming.
But this week’s landmark EU verdict means pirate streams are now on the same legal footing as illegal downloads.
Using Kodi with CyberGhost
On its website, Kodi makes it clear that “The Kodi project does not provide any support for bootleg video content.” and that “Kodi does not provide any media itself. Users must provide their own content or manually point Kodi to third party online services.”, thus emphasizing that illegal content posted on the website is not the company’s responsibility, but the users’.
If you wish to access Kodi with CyberGhost, we recommend you do it only to stream content that is legal.