FCC Wants Ebay, Amazon To Crack Down On Kodi-Based Pirate TV Boxes

from the control,-not-copyright dept

For years now, tinkerers everywhere have built custom-made PCs that use the open-source Kodi platform. Highly flexible and customizable, this hardware can often work notably better than the locked-down TV hardware (especially traditional cable boxes) that are the norm. But the hardware can also be used to streamline access to copyright content. And in more recent years, outfits like Dragonbox or SetTV have taken things further by selling users tailor-made hardware that provides easy access to live copyrighted content.

Not too surprisingly, video producers and broadcasters haven't much liked this. And in recent months, Amazon and Netflix have joined forces with Hollywood to try and sue many of these operations out of existence. Last week they got a little help from FCC Commissioner Mike O'Rielly, who fired off a letter to both Amazon and Ebay demanding they do more to combat the listing of these devices on their respective websites. O'Rielly was quick to acknowledge that the FCC's authority over copyright is negligible, so he focused instead on these companies' unauthorized use of the FCC logo:

"Disturbingly, some rogue set‐top box manufacturers and distributors are exploiting the FCC's trusted logo by fraudulently placing it on devices that have not been approved via the Commission's equipment authorization process. Specifically, nine set-top box distributors were referred to the FCC in October for enabling the unlawful streaming of copyrighted material, seven of which displayed the FCC logo, although there was no record of such compliance. Many of these sellers are attempting to distribute their non-compliant products through online marketplaces such as yours. Although outside the jurisdiction of the Commission, it is equally troubling that many of these devices are being used to illegally stream copyrighted content, exacerbating the theft of billions of dollars in American innovation and creativity.

And that's all well and good. Companies like DragonBox are dressing up piracy as a legitimate service while illegally using the FCC logo. Both Amazon and Ebay responded to O'Rielly noting they already have numerous systems in place to prohibit the sale of such devices, and were open to working with the FCC to police future sales.

That said, O'Rielly fails to mention that he's historically supported policies at the FCC that make this whole problem worse than it needs to be.

Again, Kodi itself is perfectly legal. And even in the case of more ethically-dubious services, users are flocking to them because they find traditional video services and hardware to be locked down, inflexible, and expensive. Much of that has to do with obnoxious DRM that more often than not makes the viewing experience annoying as hell. And a lot of it has to do with the cable industry's monopoly control over the cable box, which prevents the entire ecosystem from being as open and competitive as it should be.

And O'Rielly himself played a pretty major role in that.

Last year, O'Rielly helped the cable & broadcast industry crush a plan to bring much-needed openness and competition to the cable box. That plan, developed under the Wheeler FCC, would have let consumers access all cable TV content entirely via app, eliminating the traditional cable box and opening up competition on the streaming hardware front. But thanks to an absolutely massive disinformation effort by the cable industry, the plan was killed. Among other things, the cable sector tried to claim that added TV hardware competition would have stifled innovation, encouraged piracy, and even harmed minorities.

None of it was true, but it was repeated ad nauseum in countless editorials nationwide that failed to disclose the authors' ties to the cable sector. The industry even managed to get the Copyright Office to join the fun by claiming that this added competition would somehow violate copyright.

It was another perfect example of how the definition of copyright is routinely abused, and these issues often have to do more with control than copyright. And while it's great that O'Rielly decided to lend a hand here, it might be cool if he realized how his own anti-innovation policies at Trump's FCC have helped make this problem of his immeasurably worse. If traditional video markets were cheaper, more open, customizable and flexible, these kinds of alternatives wouldn't be nearly as popular in the first place because consumers would already be getting what they're looking for.


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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 6:54am

    These boxes demonstrate the difference

    The vast difference in what the cable companies could be charging people versus what they are charging is all easily demonstrated in these boxes. Yes, the 3rd parties aren't paying the broadcasting fees and retransmitting fees. The majority of those fees are now internal accounting trick funny money, to begin with, so those costs can partially be ignored.

    If the laws were not literally being written to support this insane systems existence, the world would have a thousand times the media availability and innovation. A certain percentage of people want to entertain us. Stop locking up content so you can artificially inflate its cost. You are not creating content, you are locking it up and pretending you made it.

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      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 9:16am

      Re: These boxes demonstrate the difference

      Yes, the 3rd parties aren't paying the broadcasting fees and retransmitting fees.

      Oh, yes. The Key Masnick Trick: just forget about COSTS!

      Moon rocks are almost free, once you're on the moon, right? All the equipment and rocket fuel only require "accounting tricks", right?

      SHEESH. Typical Techdirt.

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      • identicon
        Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 9:43am

        Re: Re: These boxes demonstrate the difference

        Copyright == moon rocks

        ummm - ok

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      • identicon
        Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 10:16am

        Re: Re: These boxes demonstrate the difference

        Please explain costs. The costs to run the network has already been paid a 1000s times over. And the foundation was paid by government granted money. Personally I think cities should take take over those networks and turn internet into a utility.

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 12:55pm

      Re: These boxes demonstrate the difference

      Legal or not, one thing these boxes very clearly demonstrate is that an open source cable box can be made and sold with good margins for far less than the Cable Company is charging for their cable boxes.
      These Kodi devices are all you need to enjoy all the services you can get from the more expensive and proprietary set-top boxes.
      I'm *Not* arguing the economics of free or where these devices get their content - merely that as functional devices they are cheaper and easier to use than the expensive and mandatory rentals.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 6:57am

    Disturbingly, some rogue set‐top box manufacturers and distributors are exploiting the FCC's trusted logo

    Ah, yes. That vaunted, sacred logo that really lets you know you're getting worked over by industry-funded shills.

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    • identicon
      Iggy, 1 Jun 2018 @ 7:56am

      Re:

      There are plenty of other logos. The logo that says you can stream 4k video. The logo that says HDMI, Ethernet, and Bluetooth are supported. The logo that says you're getting a device that runs on open source software and has root access, etc.

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      Bamboo Harvester (profile), 1 Jun 2018 @ 8:25am

      Re:

      I'm wondering if the use of the logo is actually illegal, or simply exploiting a loophole in the way the law is written.

      In NY, you can cut the VIN plate out of a wreck, replace the one on a road-worthy car with it, and register it under the new VIN. I know there's a pile of home-built three wheel motorcycles out there with the correct, original VIN plate and a legal registration as a '57 Belair or the like.

      If you stick two FCC-approved, Logo'd parts together and sell them, can you legally put the FCC logo on the new, finished product? Or is it locked down, like a UL listing is?

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    Vidiot (profile), 1 Jun 2018 @ 6:59am

    "... exploiting the FCC's trusted logo..."

    Somehow, I'm not feelin' the trust. Trust would happen after you made it unlawful for a cable company to charge me $12/mo extra for a device that simply allows me to consume the seller's service.

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 7:06am

    I don't see how they plan to shut down this phenomenon. No one even needs to buy any kind of "Pirate TV Box" because it's very easy to make your own. And you don't even need to "build" anything, as just about any old PC or laptop lying around the house will probably do, just slap on XBMC and a few other apps and start pirating.

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 7:12am

      Re:

      Why bother pirating when you can point any browser at YouTube, Vimeo, Daily motion, Bitchute etc. You can even use bookmarks to your favorite channels so that you can keep track of them without signing up to the services.

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 7:08am

    Whatever happened to the idea that a business should give the customer what they want, rather than try and tell the customer what they can have, when and how?

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 7:56am

    I thought the gop types were for smaller government and wanted the agencies to throttle back their regulation efforts ... guess they were lying - again.

    Weren't they trying to scrap the fcc, the fcc was overstepping their authority or something like that ... And now they want to use the fcc over stepping the fcc authority to drive a market in a particular direction. Isn't this illegal?

    Conflict of interest - what's that?

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 8:25am

      Re:

      Ask Richard Bennett. He'll bitch about government regulating the Internet up to the point someone mentions that copyright holders might be making less money. Then his Pai-patterned panties get twisted...

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 8:45am

      Re:

      The Telcos don't want the FCC or the FTC to regulate them, but they do want them to act their attack dogs to kill upstart competitors, or anything that gives their customers any choice.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 8:32am

    Here's the real issue:

    Although outside the jurisdiction of the Commission, it is equally troubling that many of these devices are being used to illegally stream copyrighted content, exacerbating the theft of billions of dollars in American innovation and creativity.

    All about riding that copyright horse til it's dead and then keep beating it.

    The FCC doesn't give a shiat about that FCC label. The **AAs are crying because people are tired of the shiat sandwich they keep getting shoved at them. Even if they toast the bread and add mayo and bacon, it's still a shiat sandwich.

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 9:20am

      Re:

      the theft of billions of dollars in American innovation and creativity

      lol

      This has been proven wrong many times. I'd cite sources but you didn't either so everyone can just ignore both of us.

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 9:50am

      Re:

      " theft of billions of dollars in American innovation and creativity."

      Did you type that with a straight face?

      Copyright infringement is not theft, but you knew that. Billions? Pinky finger to side of mouth. Any evidence in support of this claim?

      This sandwich to which you refer, who is being made to eat it and who is forcing it to be eaten? What a horrible analogy.

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    kP (profile), 1 Jun 2018 @ 9:03am

    Amazon Fire TV Stick is a favored device for Kodi piracy

    It's cheap and easy and works:

    Link

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 9:28am

      Re: Amazon Fire TV Stick is a favored device for Kodi piracy

      "Watch every movie, TV show, live sports, TV series, cartoons, adult with the click of a button instantly!"

      Watch:

      • Unlimited Movies
      • Unlimited Movies in Theater
      • Unlimited Movies by Decades
      • Unlimited TV Shows
      • Unlimited Shows by Any Network
      • Unlimited Shows from HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz
      • Unlimited Kids Movies/TV Shows
      • Unlimited Pay Per View
      • Unlimited Sports
      • Unlimited Adult Content
      • Unlimited Music/Music Videos
      • Unlimited Fitness Videos
      • Unlimited Radio
      • Live TV like Bravo, AMC, FX, Discovery Spike, TBS
      • Live HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz
      • Live Sport Networks like ESPN, Fox Sports, beIn Sports, NBA TV and NFL Network

      That's when they can get themselves into serious trouble, when they start openly bragging about getting specific -- and especially PAID -- content for free.

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      PaulT (profile), 1 Jun 2018 @ 9:34am

      Re: Amazon Fire TV Stick is a favored device for Kodi piracy

      I'm pretty sure that reseller will also be breaking the same laws. The point is that Amazon/ Kodi/ whoever aren't breaking the law by making something that someone else can use for illegal activity, whereas people actively pushing the product for illegal purposes are culpable.

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      • identicon
        Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 10:05am

        Re: Re: Amazon Fire TV Stick is a favored device for Kodi piracy

        "actively pushing the product for illegal purposes are culpable."

        Or even passively/covertly pushing the product for illegal purposes. The maker of the TEC-9 "machine" pistol was sued into bankruptcy for its aggressive but carefully crafted advertising that hinted that it would make an ideal weapon for drug dealers ("as tough as your toughest customer") and mass shooters without explicitly saying it.

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        • identicon
          Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 10:08am

          Re: Re: Re: Amazon Fire TV Stick is a favored device for Kodi piracy

          The maker of the TEC-9 "machine" pistol was sued into bankruptcy

          Was it found guilty of anything, or was this just people destroying something that they disagreed with?

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          • identicon
            Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 11:05am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Amazon Fire TV Stick is a favored device for Kodi piracy

            The lawsuits were growing, as was the body count, since the TEC-9 had been used in numerous high profile murders and school shootings across the country. By the time the California Supreme Court ruled in its favor, the company had already been dissolved. Lawsuits from the more recent Columbine High School massacre thus did not by then have a gun manufacturer to sue.

            It wasn't really about winning or losing lawsuits, as this was a small company that obviously didn't have the money to keep fighting the never-ending stream of court cases against it. A favorable Supreme Court decision in California meant nothing to its ongoing lawsuits in Colorado and elsewhere.

            Even many in the established gun community were glad to see this "black sheep" company and its product line shut down permanently.

            Sorry to go off-topic.

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 10:49am

      Re: Amazon Fire TV Stick is a favored device for Kodi piracy

      And I'm sure the Fire stick has one of those fcc stickers on it. How many of these "illegal" stickers are just ones legitimately on whatever hardware the sellers put Kodi on?

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    Shoot The Pirate, 1 Jun 2018 @ 9:12am

    Gosh, it'd be horrible if FCC did like with CB radios!

    "Crack Down" on ILLEGAL equipment. Preventing anarchy in communications is only the FCC's job.

    You pirates of course don't like that your tools for theft will be taken away.

    But you'd enjoy FCC "regulation" for "Net Neutrality", whatever that is. And anarchy, FCC doing nothing, simply cannot "promote the Arts", the creation of entertaining content that you wish to steal.

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    • identicon
      Chip, 1 Jun 2018 @ 9:33am

      Every Nation eats the Paint chips it Deserves!

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      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 9:55am

      Re: Gosh, it'd be horrible if FCC did like with CB radios!

      "ILLEGAL equipment"

      Please provide detail on this, as I am unaware of any such restrictions.

      Do you consider a general purpose computer to be a tool for theft? Of what? How will it be taken away? Is there going to be another Jade Helm where the government invades a state and does ... what did they do again? Will they put all owners of a personal pc in FEMA death camps?

      Your wild accusations are cute, but rather silly.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 9:13am

    Business CANNOT survive NO income. CANNOT compete with "free",

    when that's your own content that paid money and time to make being used by other persons. That's the basis of the Copyright Clause stating a Right of persons in US Constitution.

    SO as practical matter you should just SHUT UP about this "enforcement". It's NOT "draconian", it's reasonable, long precedented, and you are THIEVING PIRATES if want those illegal boxes to get the content.

    After TWENTY YEARS, Techdirt hasn't even an outline of workable alternative to the soundly-based body of FCC regulation, no matter how often you repeat the "better business model" mantra. (YOU are like a religious cult for pirates, Techdirt.)

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      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 9:21am

      Re: Business CANNOT survive NO income. CANNOT compete with "free",

      Yea that's why Netflix is such a failure .
      So hard to keep up with those pesky pirates ...........
      Wish I had a business that competed so good with free .

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 9:22am

      Re: Business CANNOT survive NO income. CANNOT compete with "free",

      So when the FCC regulates corporate treatment of the internet it's horrible and needs to be repealed. When the FCC isn't regulating corporation then is a "soundly-based body of FCC regulation"?

      Please stop, you're giving me whiplash.

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 9:30am

      Re: Business CANNOT survive NO income. CANNOT compete with "free",

      So? The people setting themselves up as gatekeepers and separating those who create content from those who consume it in order to try to make money are not doing us a favor. Disney has done more harm to this country in its existence than any amount of good can ever be attributed to it. These giant companies are not creating content, they are buying it from others and having the market changed to prevent others from upsetting their sacred cow.

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 9:32am

      Re: Business CANNOT survive NO income. CANNOT compete with "free",

      no matter how often you repeat the "better business model" mantra.

      There are many content creator all over the Internet, who have found the business models that allow them to give away their content, and get paid to create more content. However that also relies on using modern technology and approaches to production, so as to keep the whole operation slim.

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 9:32am

      Re: Business CANNOT survive NO income. CANNOT compete with "free",

      lol

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      PaulT (profile), 1 Jun 2018 @ 9:39am

      Re: Business CANNOT survive NO income. CANNOT compete with "free",

      "Business CANNOT survive NO income. CANNOT compete with "free""

      Good think that reality proves the lie pushed by morons like yourself that you can't compete with free is totally wrong then, isn't it? A great many successful businesses are competing with free as we speak. You're just jealous because whoever pays you to act the idiot isn't one of them.

      "After TWENTY YEARS, Techdirt hasn't even an outline of workable alternative to the soundly-based body of FCC regulation"

      Because they've not said there need to be one. They *have* said there needs to be alternatives to the dated and broken business models that your overlords prefer, but since they both exist and are extremely successful even in the face of piracy, you have to be even more ignorant than your usual character to pretend they even need to be suggested at this point.

      Oh, and funny thing - although you quoted the word "draconian", it's not used in the article. You are therefore, yet again, outright lying about what other people say in order to attack them. How can you be so utterly and openly dishonest and still believe you have some sort of right to accuse others of misdeeds?

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        Thad, 1 Jun 2018 @ 10:16am

        Re: tl;dr

        Good think that reality proves the lie pushed by morons like yourself that you can't compete with free is totally wrong then, isn't it? A great many successful businesses are competing with free as we speak. You're just jealous because whoever pays you to act the idiot isn't one of them.

        In fact, he's almost certainly typing his drivel on a computer running an operating system that successfully competes with free operating systems.

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          JEDIDIAH, 2 Jun 2018 @ 6:05pm

          Re: Re: tl;dr

          It's easy to compete with "free" when you are the legacy monopoly and you have been taking advantage of network effects to strangle competitors since before any libre operating systems ever came along.

          That just goes to show that the "price tag" isn't always the driving interest.

          iTunes,Netflix,Amazon & HBO Now are all relevant counterexamples.

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      • identicon
        Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 8:06pm

        Re: Re: Business CANNOT survive NO income. CANNOT compete with "free",

        You expected any semblance of intelligence from a tool who gleefully and proudly visits and trolls a site he claims to loathe and is incapable of leaving?

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 10:00am

      Re: Business CANNOT survive NO income. CANNOT compete with "free",

      "Business CANNOT survive NO income"

      So you were not sleeping through econ 101 - interesting.
      If a business can not survive, for whatever reason, then perhaps it should simply go out of business.

      What happens in a free market when a business does not earn enough to continue operating?

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 7:14pm

      Re: Business CANNOT survive NO income. CANNOT compete with "free",

      I suppose you are in favor of banning all computers then? Because that's all a kodi box is, a computer running custom software. You don't need a kodi box to do the same thing with a normal computer for free.

      Moron.

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 1 Jun 2018 @ 10:00am

    More uses for Kodi than streaming.

    I use Kodi, and I don't stream anything. I use it to access my library of videos and music. It is installed on a Raspberry Pi with LibreElec (a fork of OpenElec, as OpenElec stopped updating and LibreElec is) as the underlying operating system.

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 10:22am

      Re: More uses for Kodi than streaming.

      Complete piracy. How dare you rip your video and music library to your personal devices. All those lost sales. The MPAA and RIAA lost $1000s when you ripped your personally library to your personal media server. Think of the corn farmers and lost popcorn sales.

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        Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 1 Jun 2018 @ 10:45am

        Re: Re: More uses for Kodi than streaming.

        LOL! What makes you think I don't consume popcorn?

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        • identicon
          Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 12:20pm

          Re: Re: Re: More uses for Kodi than streaming.

          Just wait until the Private Copying Levy starts adding a tax on popcorn.

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      • identicon
        Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2018 @ 12:50pm

        Re: Re: More uses for Kodi than streaming.

        Your post was tongue-in-cheek but just wait... The MPAA/RIAA will eventually win their bid to make that illegal, too, as it amounts to "piracy" and robs them of streaming profits.

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        afn29129 (profile), 2 Jun 2018 @ 1:23am

        Re: Re: More uses for Kodi than streaming.

        Serving up loads of DVD and audio WITHOUT ripping.

        The Sony DVP-CX985V 400 Disc Carousel. I currently have 7 of them that are accessible from any room in the house.

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          JEDIDIAH, 2 Jun 2018 @ 6:07pm

          Re: Re: Re: More uses for Kodi than streaming.

          This is an option even more obscure than HTPCs. I only ever managed to see ONE of these in the wild ever and that was about 10 years ago.

          Otherwise I might have gone that route myself.

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    • identicon
      Jim Anderson, 3 Jun 2018 @ 1:29pm

      Re: More uses for Kodi than streaming.

      Kodi can also be used to stream content that is legally streamed. To stream illegal content you need to use an addon. Kodi does not control the addons. Kodi is not illegal but can be modified to do some things that are illegal.

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      • identicon
        Anonymous Coward, 3 Jun 2018 @ 1:45pm

        Re: Re: More uses for Kodi than streaming.

        And the RIAA and MPAA go after Kodi and those who sell hardware with it installed because they are easy targets to find, and destroying them would benefit their desire to control all use of content.

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    ECA (profile), 1 Jun 2018 @ 1:46pm

    Innovation??

    wow, what a word..
    The tech is over 30 years old, complicated as hell, for no reason.. HAS been deciphered, to show how complicated it is..
    90% of it is broadcast to Sat to be sent around to cable companies and Digital sat dishes..

    When other countries send up Sats to cover a WHOLE nation, for national TV..insted of OLD broadcast towers to Cover the WHOLE nation..FOR FREE..

    THEN to find out that DIGITAL ON INTERNET is...
    Better quality
    Can be STORED/SAVED(what happened to VIDEO RECORDING/TIME SHIFTING)
    Watched when you want it..
    SET quality that FITS both internet speed and your TV..
    DRM KILLED, so it will work on any system..
    PRE-LOAD video in background while doing/watching something else to watch later, AFTER a slow load internet..

    The REAL problem with internet TV is the INTERNET CAPS.. 5-10 videos will Kill your cap, FAST..

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 3 Jun 2018 @ 12:14am

    "It was another perfect example of how the definition of copyright is routinely abused, and these issues often have to do more with control than copyright."

    Copyright is entirely about control of creative content for a specified limit of time (DUH!) to enable the creator a reasonable profit from the work, before it's contributed to the public domain. And right here it's the author that's abusing the definition of copyright to promote an agenda.

    If you're going to make a point make sure the finger you point doesn't have three more pointing back at you.

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 3 Jun 2018 @ 12:47am

      Re:

      Have you not noticed that those who push for more and stronger copyright are rarely the actual content creators, but rather those who built a business by controlling the publication of the works of others. That is book publishers who controlled the printing presses, who in history were the one that pushed for the law establishing copyright known as the statute of Ann; the record labels who controlled access to record presses, and the Film studios who controlled the money, and later TV studios who controlled the means of production, and cable companies who control the means of distribution.

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  • identicon
    Jay, 10 Aug 2018 @ 12:37am

    The people have spoken

    The situation is rather simple. Media related corporate entities have been taking advantage of limited options for media delivery, riding the gravy train for a long long time. New technology has created new low cost alternatives. Consumers, in general, will and are taking advantage of that. We all know that there's no major harm or crimes being committed, which is why it will continue. It's ebb and flow, human nature, a natural cycle that repeats. At the end of the day, media holds little value as it pertains to our lives.

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