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Comcast Starts Issuing Copyright Infringement Notices to Kodi Users


Comcast-e1396980588440Do you have Comcast Xfinity and use Kodi unofficial add-ons to stream movies and TV shows? Well you may soon see a copyright infringement alert pop up or receive an email warning you to stop. We have received word from readers that they are getting copyright infringement notifications but only use Kodi to stream content.

Note this is not Comcast monitoring your usage. The content owners monitor and record your IP address. From there they use an agreement they have with Comcast to request that a copyright notice is sent to the offending Comcast Internet customer.12169727_10206768368640918_602904167_o

Many of Kodi’s unofficial add-ons use peer-to-peer streaming that does not hide your IP as you are both downloading the file you are streaming and sharing it with other users who want to watch the same show as you watch the show. Often users of these 3rd party unofficial add-ons are unaware they re-sharing the file in a similar way to how Bittorrent works.

In the case of the report above the Comcast subscriber was using a 3rd party unofficial Kodi add-on on a Fire TV Stick.

Until now there haven’t been any reports of Kodi users being hit with lawsuits or copyright claims that are so popular with bittorrent users. Yet it is possible to track users of peer-to-peer streaming services similarly to how bittorrent users are tracked.

Claims from content owners can take a month or longer to reach the end users. Lawsuits can take much longer, so the question is are we at the start of a new copyright lawsuit war? One where people streaming content will be the target not people who are using traditional bittorrent clients?

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  • clocks

    What Kodi add-on? The fact that the notice mentioned “bittorrent” leads me to believe the user was using something like popcorntime, vs one of the services where you STREAM but don’t SHARE.

  • clocks

    What kodi addon?

  • Watch

    Kodi™

    Kodi™ (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet. Our forums and Wiki are bursting with knowledge and help for the new user right up to the application developer. We also have helpful Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Youtube pages.

    Disclaimer: Kodi does not provide any media itself. Users must provide their own content or manually point Kodi to third party online services. The Kodi project does not provide any support for bootleg video content.

    • clocks

      I know what Kodi is. I am asking which addon. Most of the popular streaming addons do not use bitottorent like popcorntime does.

      • Watch

        I posted that for others who do not know what Kodi is….

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  • Kib

    This article would be a lot better when it wouldn’t mention Kodi all the time, but instead mention the name of that shitty unofficial add-on that is destroying our good name. It would be nice when people would stop associating us with illegal streaming constantly, as it is not what the program was designed to do.

    Kib,
    Team Kodi

    • BG

      Exactly, where do I find I list of those shitty unofficial addons that make use of P2P? Even better why doesn’t Kodi publish the reason why some those unofficial addons and repositories are on your list of banned items. An informed consumer is a happy consumer and believe my Android box came loaded full of crap.

  • Name

    Kodi has cool addons like Genesis, 1Channel, FilmOn.tv, Project Free TV, Phoenix and so on and they all stream easily movies and TV shows. Why people use them? Because the old fucks at movie industry are retarded and don’t make their films available to everyone legally but instead tell Netflix to block VPN users because some retarded shit.
    I guess some just has to replace their internet service provider. Glad I don’t have this crap in EU.

    • Boomer

      Let me start off that I use commercially available streaming boxes that are to manufacturers specs and software levels. I simply don’t have the time to dig around like some do to find free content. It’s a waste of time and frankly breaking the law is breaking the law, something I don’t want to do.

      Ok, beyond the law breakers that stream and view the content, the secondary issue is the greed of the movie companies and ongoing owners. The copyright laws for movies, music, and books are ridiculous. They need to narrow the window of time copyright is good for. Plus, copyright should not be transferrable. Most movies have changed hands multiple times yet copyright continues. Movies make their money up front, but owners want to keep making money 10-20 years after the movie was made. Plus, many people don’t realize that this greed is a big reason behind what drives up cable TV costs year after year. Its nothing but greed greed greed. Look, I don’t mind someone making money, but things are getting out of control. Plus, its not like the content is new after 5 years. Where most business’s need to make something new to sell or have a service to maintain what they sold, movie an music producers just sit around and do very little to enhance or maintain their legacy products. If anything, they should consider the people that stream their movie and the maintainers of their product.

      As for Comcast’s threat, the reality is that while they have your IP address, without direct and simultaneous monitoring of both the source and recipient and then tying the two together they cannot know what it is you are watching. They could make a presumption that you are in violation of copyright laws because you are streaming from a known unlawful video source, but it is only the copyright owner that can go after you. Since the the internet providers really don’t know what you are watching, they cannot inform the copyright owner that you viewed something they own illegally. Furthermore, you have no evidence retained that you viewed the content unless you make a local copy and they get that copy. Therefore the internet provider would need to capture the evidence. While this is not beyond the realm of possibility, why would they go after a small time user when the source is where the issue is? Bottom line, this is an area of law that is evolving and one that is difficult to enforce.

      In the end, breaking the law here is not acceptable. Rather than breaking the law I encourage you to push for law changes to address the greed and never ending copyrights that get passed on from person to person or business to business. That is the correct and legal way to fight the law.

  • Doss

    KODI should start suing Comcast for ruining it’s name and false accusation.

  • Jason

    I got flagged today while using KODIE

  • YoNeighbor

    It’s not Kodi related. It is bittorrent related. If you bittorrent without a vpn you’re busted. DUH

    • Cam

      Hey would you be able to teach me how that works exactly neighbor?

  • incog99

    I think their time would be better spent chasing real terrorists.

  • scottyb1001

    It’s like saying Ford is the reason I was caught illegally street racing and Ford should somehow be held responsible. ?? smh… filthy casuals.

  • notsofastnow

    What you fail to mention is that torrenting can be a violation of copyright law because of the technology, which necessitates sharing. Copyright law states that you cannot copy or share copyrighted material. Streaming does neither.

    Also, there are numerous Kodi addons that are 100% legitimate. Kodi is simply a media platform. Like any platform, it can be used in many ways for which it wasn’t originally intended.

  • It’s ridiculous to put Kodi in the title of this article, and not the add-on that was used to play Mad Max Fury Road. Kodi does not even include bittorrent or any file sharing.