Premier League gets High Court order to help block illegal streams

Pirate streams represent a serious threat to the Premier League’s future income Nick Potts  PA

Pirate streams represent a serious threat to the Premier League’s future income Nick Potts PA

A spokesman said: "For the first time this..."

But they may be forced to cough up now that the Premier League have been granted new powers which will allow it to tackle the live streams.

Football fans are now being urged instead to get a Sky Sports or BT Sport subscription, or watch games at a venue that pays for access.

Earlier this week millionaire Malcolm Mayes was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence and a £250,000 fine for selling "fully loaded" Kodi boxes at pubs around the UK.

According to a recent survey commissioned by the security firm Irdeto, Kodi boxes are particularly prevalent in the UK. Surveys indicate that around 11% of the United Kingdom population has admitted to matching pirated streams, so the problem is huge for the broadcasters and football rights sellers.

Doing so is not thought to be illegal.

Derbyshire County Council trading standards officers recently said users streaming content via Kodi boxes are not breaking copyright laws.

Kodi is a free media player app for playing videos, music, pictures or games, and streams media from local and network storage or the internet.

'[Kodi boxes] are small plug and play media servers, originally created to allow consumers to stream legitimate content (locally stored or legal online content).

However, the software can be modified with third-party add-ons that provide access to pirated copies of films and TV series, or provide free access to subscription television channels.

In a post about its consultation about Kodi boxes, the IPO said: "Despite the legitimate use of this equipment, software is widely available (illicit Kodi extensions being the best known) which connect the boxes to illegal content through streaming websites, file lockers and BitTorrent trackers".

The Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) has always been campaigning against the use of Kodi, arguing that it's used to stream illegal content was becoming an "epidemic".

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