The TV Addons website has exposed twelve instances of ‘fake news’ published about Kodi, and Kodi addons, in British and Irish tabloids.
At the moment, both Kodi and TV Addons are under fire because these completely legal hardware and software tools can also be used for access to pirated content.
“We believe that most of these fake news sites are spreading falsehoods because they are being paid by evil corporations who want to destroy Kodi, ” wrote TV Addons in a comment about the false news stories in a number of UK newspapers.
“At the same time, a sensational headline definitely attracts more clicks, and each time someone visits their web sites, they make a quick buck off the traffic. Moral of the story: learn how to distinguish fake news from legitimate news and you won’t be fooled in the future!”
The Kodi boxes are legal. They are a neutral, open-source media player that can be installed on a broad range of devices, from set-top boxes powered by Android, to known brands, such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick. However, some companies have been selling so-called ‘pre-loaded’Kodi boxes, giving buyers access to pirated content. Because of this illegal use of Kodi software, Kodi has for some become synonymous with piracy.
Streaming copyrighted material for free on multimedia players such as Kodi is illegal, the European Court of Justice recently ruled.