The distribution of pre-loaded Kodi boxes face legal action

Brian Thompson, accused of distributing ''Fully Loaded' Kodi boxes

Kodi's roots begin as a service on Microsoft's original Xbox. Previously known as Xbox Media Center or XBMC, the software offered a feature rich media player to the console. The developer's code has since went open source, allowing a large user base to further enhance and implement features into the service.

This user base soon gained traction as Kodi rose up in the ranks and attained a position as one of the top home entertainment apps from PC to mobile. Kodi can also be installed on both Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and other set-top boxes, although manufacturers do not support this feature. The legality of what this service has provided user access to has now come into question.

The Kodi platform is powered by Android, the operating system allows the implementation of third-party applications. The developers behind Kodi are adamant their software does not provide any media of their own, only access free to stream content. However it is the add ons that hook into the service that provide a gateway to free subscription based media.

Brian Thompson, a Middlesbrough trader recently appeared in court accused of selling equipment configured in such away that facilitates the circumvention of copyright measures. Mr Thompson has been accused of selling boxes dubbed ‘Fully Loaded' that allowed free access to paid content using third-party add ons. This case is reportedly the first of its kind in the UK that will face scrutiny on the use of apps such as Kodi.

Mr Thompson pleaded not guilty and faces three charges that date from February 2015 to January 2016. According to District Judge Christine Harrison, Mr Thompson's next hearing will continue at Teesside Crown Court on October 27.

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