The Problem with Third-Party Add-Ons on Kodi

TVOvermind | 1/21/2019 | Nat Berman
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Without a doubt, Kodi is one of the hottest apps available today. This free, open-source home media hub is used by almost 40 million people across the globe to organise and stream videos, photos, and music. You can install Kodi on numerous devices, including PC and Mac, Android and iOS tablets or phones, and specially-made set-top boxes. Many people use Kodi to manage and play their own content, including downloaded albums, home movies, digital photo albums and more. However, the software’s most popular feature is its vast world of add-ons that give you access to streaming entertainment. There are add-ons for Youtube, Twitch, Soundcloud, podcasts, sports, and so much more. This all sounds great, right? So, what exactly is the problem with these third-party add-ons?

The problem with Kodi apps lies in a large number of add-ons that give users access to copyrighted content that you’d normally need to pay for. There are add-ons that provide vast libraries of free movies and TV show episodes, add-ons that give access to albums and playlists, add-ons that let you stream live sports game and other channels, and many, many more. While Kodi itself is completely legal to use, the third-party apps that infringe on copyrights are not.


What’s The Risk?

Unsurprisingly, using these Kodi add-ons puts you at risk of getting in trouble. Copyright infringement is illegal in most countries, even on a personal level. Depending on where you live, you could receive anything from a fine to a jail sentence if you get caught watching paid content for free on Kodi. In the UK, for example, the government imposed a law in 2017 that made pirating online content punishable by up to 10 years in prison.


Is There Any Way Around It?

Undoubtedly, the risk of legal action makes using third-party Kodi add-ons off-putting. Of course,...
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