Update: We received word from the Kodi Team today and have updated the story with more details.
Kodi, the widely popular media center, has started to enforce their trademark. In a post on their site community members announced they will be going after sites and groups who use Kodi in their name. The Kodi community has notified all sites—from Facebook and Twitter to other sites of all kinds with Kodi in the name—that they need to change their name.
We received a email today from the Kodi Team with some more details on this. Here is what they said. “Number 1, we were finally officially awarded our trademark in November. Before November, trademark notices to the various social media sites tended to be ignored.” “Number 2, as mentioned, the support requests for add-ons that we officially don’t support has exploded.” “Number 3, there have actually been an increase in Kodi users complaining about all the people pretending to be Kodi.”
Although many of these sites are huge fans of Kodi, this is a move that Kodi has to make or face losing the Kodi trademark and control over the Kodi brand.
Here is a copy of the post made by the Kodi Community Member on this issue:
Call to Arms: Combatting Trademark Infringement
I was thinking, it shouldn’t be too difficult to stop the worst of offenders, when they are using the word “Kodi” in their business name, it is direct trademark infringement to the highest degree and without even needing to question content, shouldn’t be too difficult to get taken down. Enough with this madness, let’s all do our part and get complaining!
Domain Name: In terms of trademark infringing domain names, the arbitration process seems to be quite simple actually. It is important to note that the domains below aren’t simply squatting on domain names, they are actively associating Kodi with piracy through their domain name, and thus causing major damage to the Kodi brand. It would be quite simple for the XBMC Foundation to commence the ICANN dispute resolution process, both the ADR and WIPO provide arbitration forums at a simple cost, it actually wouldn’t cost that much when it comes down to the number of offending domain names. Once a decision is reached, the offending domain name would be transferred directly to the XBMC Foundation.
See Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/help/dndr/udrp-en
See ADR Forum Dispute Resolution Fees: http://www.adrforum.com/UDRPFees
See WIPO Dispute Resolution Fees: http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/fees/
Facebook doesn’t want their network used for piracy, so if enough of us complain, these scamming Facebook profiles will be taken down for good.
See Facebook Abuse Reporting: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/284186058405647
Twitter generally follows American law, so they definitely don’t want pirates killing a legitimate organization’s trademark. Hopefully they’ll listen if enough of us complain!
See Twitter Trademark Infringement Reporting: https://support.twitter.com/forms/trademark
We have already seen several Facebook groups move to change their names. Sadly for some of the fan groups US law is on the side of the Kodi Team on this issue.
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