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Your Internet Service Provider May Soon Block Kodi Piracy Add-ons


Cutting access to the networtk Internet, cable to the routerPiracy has been a big issue for cable operators with third-party Kodi add-ons being the fastest growing source of piracy in the US right now.

Now Cisco claims to have developed a system that will automatically block live pirate streams as they occur. The new system will allow Cisco and Internet service providers to block piracy streams from reaching your house.

Pirate streams of sports and other cable channels often pull straight from the subscriber’s account who is streaming the content online. That is the weak spot Cisco plans to take advantage of.

Here is the overly simple version of how this will work: Cisco’s system works by monitoring all streaming going through their systems and looking for a watermark. If they detect a digital watermark in the image not coming from an official source they will block the transmission of the stream over their networks.

This moves the fight over sites and services that stream live TV and sport events from trying to shut down the servers to just blocking the streams.

“Traditional takedown mechanisms such as sending legal notices (commonly referred to as ‘DMCA notices’) are ineffective where pirate services have put in place infrastructure capable of delivering video at tens and even hundreds of gigabits per second, as in essence there is nobody to send a notice to,” the Cisco explains.

“Robust and unique watermarks are embedded into each distributor feed for identification. The code is invisible to the viewer but can be recovered by our specialist detector software,” FMTS explains.

“Once infringing content has been located, the service automatically extracts the watermark for accurate distributor identification.”

“The process is fully automated, ensuring a timely response to incidents of piracy. Gone are the days of sending a legal notice and waiting to see if anyone will answer,” Cisco said in a blog post.

As with all things questions remain: how reliable will this new system work and will pirate sites find a workaround? The issue for pirate sites is if they do find the watermark in the image and remove it will it block an important part of the picture? Also cable operators can easily move the watermark and could do it every hour if they wanted to.

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  • Don K

    This kind of worries me a little. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t condone or participate in piracy in any form. I am in the minority that uses Kodi for legitimate purposes. The problem is, complicated anti-piracy schemes are often just as effective at messing things up for legitimate users as they are at stopping piracy.

    There are many examples of this, like HDCP for HDMI, which is supposed to prevent copying using HDMI output. This has caused us major headaches at our church. We split the HDMI output of our own content across three projectors, which is a totally legitimate use. We have tried several active splitters, including some very expensive ones, and still occasionally have problems with HDCP.

    Another one is the copy protection that was used on some audio CD’s that would prevent their use in a computer’s CD-ROM drive. This was designed to keep people from ripping the CD, but what about the totally legitimate use of playing the music using your computer?

    These efforts to stop piracy often have unintended consequences that make things difficult for people that are playing by the rules.

  • Jason St Pierre

    Less TV is good. Keep up the fight ISP’s you will smart yourselves out of business. Once I can’t watch shows without commercials I won’t watch any shows. I pretty much wish we had a EMP just to end the garbage. Besides your “watermarks” will be circumvented the moment they become inconvenient.

  • rcolbeck

    Idiots never learn. Pirates will always win and legitmate customers always suffer. DRM is a horrible mess, and it shall be again with this.

    Pirates are getting rich off stupid ideas to DRM content.

    VPN was a luxury business before Netflix started to crackdown on VPN. Pirate sites are generating millions…. Next guy who circumvent this watermark will get rich.

    Never learn do you?

  • JOHNNY TRICE WILSON

    Problem with this is how will they determine if the stream I’m watching isn’t isn’t me watching a legal stream of something I own that I paid for away from home accessing my computer ??????

  • rthepira

    thats wen cisco looses customers that move to a isp that wont block them thus loosing millions. Smart…

    • Andrew Markham

      Cisco isn’t an ISP. They are a corporate networking hardware manufacturer. They makes things that make the internet “go”. There will be no where to move to.

  • JOHNNY TRICE WILSON

    And yet again many of these legal services allow you to stream your content legally outside your home from your network so how exactly will the system be able to tell between the 2. So now you’ll pay forca,service legally bit then get blocked hmmm.

  • Benjamin Durka

    Another method of killing the Constitution. This will be used to claim that fair use commentary on fake Corporate News can be blocked. They will block clips that real journalists report on.

  • grant

    Try using a vpn.
    There is a dvr that connects to kodi that records OTA shows and lets you stream it to yourself, is that going to get blocked too?

    • Aarron Anderson

      wym, try, A VPN will absoultly work.

  • Brian Clark

    Doing things their way means you are legit and legal. Doing things your own way; and you’re a suspicious character that doesn’t want to play by their rules.

    This is the way it has pretty much always been.

    Listen to the radio – but if you record it – you’re a pirate.

    Watch TV – but if you record it – you’re a pirate.

    Have your own network setup at home? Buy your own broadband router – use your own wifi? You’re a suspicious character that should be watched.

    This is what the US and many other police state countries have pushed for. They want to monitor your data; watch your activities; limit your freedoms. And if they cant – you’re already seen as a criminal by the corporations that are trying to impose such rulesets on you.

  • moonwatcher2001

    OK, I first started hearing about “Kodi with Exodus” from guys at work doing it on their phones and casting it to their screens. They’ve been doing this for months and have never gotten any notices from their ISPs about doing it or telling them to stop.

    Just out of curiosity I installed Kodi with Exodus on a very old laptop running Linux Mint just to see what all the fuss was about. OK, so I watched one movie. Seems to work just fine, but of course it is illegal, or at least I think it is illegal. Seems different nations have different ideas on whether streaming of content violates any laws as long as you don’t download a copy to store.

    OK…whatever. But my main question is this: How are the crooks or bad guys monetizing this? Distributing movie streams is not cheap. Yet there were no commercials. So how are they making any money doing this, or are they just people with deep pockets who like to “get even” with “evil corporate entities” which they apparently consider cable operators and movie studios to be?