Editorial: Why Kodi is Likely to Lose Their Piracy Fight




Side-by-side-dark-transparentKodi, the popular media center that allows third-party add-ons, recently announced they are declaring war on those who promote piracy using Kodi. Yet piracy groups seem unwilling to go without a fight.

In what may have been the first shot in this new war between Kodi and people who promote piracy with Kodi was a DDos attack yesterday that took Kodi’s website down for most of the day. At this time no one has publicly claimed responsibility; however, fingers are starting to point at a few groups who profit off of Kodi.

So let’s take a look at why Kodi is likely to lose this fight.

#1 Money

Kodi is made by a nonprofit team that is far from well-funded. At the same time piracy from Kodi is a billion-dollar business. People who promote and sell Kodi boxes or builds as piracy tools make a ton of money. Although some are small operations others are huge businesses selling thousands of boxes and making millions.

When it comes to a war like this you need money for lawyers etc., and in this battle Team Kodi is on the losing end.

#2 Location

Most of the people who make millions from Kodi do not live in the United States or Europe and are effectively outside the reach of the Kodi Team at least without years and a ton of money. Many of these businesses are located in countries that are not known for respecting copyright law.

#3 Open Source Course

The real downside here for Kodi is the same reason they are successful: their openness. Being open source, like Kodi, means your code is out there. Pirates can easily just take the code they have now and hire their own programmers to maintain it. From there they can sit outside the reach of Team Kodi to sell what they will call “Kodi” and continue the piracy.


Whereas the fight is not already lost for Team Kodi, it will be an uphill battle. With the team at Kodi being volunteers you have to wonder how long they will be willing to fight before people start to walk away from the project.

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