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navi-x Kodi Addon Navi-X Bites The Dust After 10 Years

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  • Navi-X is a global Kodi add-on which has been in operation since 2007
  • It said hosting playlists is no longer something it feels comfortable doing 
  • Kodi is a free service that streams apps and on-demand services onto your TV 
  • Many of the plug-ins offered host illegal streaming services for films and shows 
  • A bill has ruled that people making the illegal content could go to prison

Last month, a controversial new law warned that people using Kodi boxes to stream illegal content in the UK could face up to 10 years in prison.

Now, one of the most popular add-ons for the free Kodi video player has said it will stop supplying content after 10 years of service.

Navi-X said it will stop its global service in light of the current legal climate which makes it dangerous for them to operate within the law.

A controversial new law has warned that people using Kodi boxes to stream illegal content in the UK could face up to 10 years in prison. Now, one of the most popular add-ons for the free Kodi video player has said it will stop supplying content after 10 years of service

A controversial new law has warned that people using Kodi boxes to stream illegal content in the UK could face up to 10 years in prison. Now, one of the most popular add-ons for the free Kodi video player has said it will stop supplying content after 10 years of service

Kodi is software that enables you to streams apps and on-demand services onto your TV. 

The software, which is legal, can even be downloaded onto an Amazon Fire stick.

However, it has become associated with internet piracy due to add-ons, like Navi-X, that can provide illegal content. 

Earlier this month, the Digital Economy Bill warned that people making and streaming films using torrents online would be committing a criminal offence.

The ruling affects users in Europe, who will now face up to 10 years in prison if caught streaming illegal content.

'After ten years of successful operation, Navi-X has sadly being discontinued. Navi-X was first released in April 2007, and is the oldest Kodi addon of its kind,' the development team explained.

'The main reason why the decision was made to discontinue the Navi-X service is the current legal climate surrounding Kodi.'

'In case you aren't aware, the abundance of preloaded Kodi box sellers has resulted in a lot of heat on Kodi in the United Kingdom and elsewhere,' the team said.

'It's unfortunate, because the people who are bringing the heat have nothing to do with the Kodi community anyway, they're just leeches trying to profit from the hard work of Kodi developers.

The team also revealed that their software has been used with illegal adverts and adult content.

'Navi-X had slowly become overrun with people trying to make a quick buck,' they said in a blog post.

Navi-X said was not shut down and the decision to close it was voluntary.

The latest bill criminalises minor copyright infringement, and proposes a maximum ten year sentence for people making the illegal content. 

The offence criminalises infringements where money hasn't been paid or there is a 'risk of loss' - which means nearly anything published online without permission could attract a prison sentence.

For those downloading or streaming content, charges are unlikely to be pressed.

In a letter to the Open Rights Group, the Intellectual Property Office said: 'It is important to note that the criminal offences apply to making material available to others, not to those just downloading material to their computers.

'Anyone seeking to enforce their rights for the downloading of material would be unlikely to refer to this legislation.

'Ten year sentences would only be applied in the most serious of criminal circumstances.' 

Kodi is software that enables you to stream apps and on-demand services onto your TV.

Temporary files, like those created when media content is streamed, are technically exempt under copyright law.

People selling 'fully loaded' Kodi boxes exploited this legal loophole to provide illegal content.

But a ruling, issued last month by the EU's highest court, puts pirated streams on the same legal footing as illegal downloads.

And although the court recognised the equipment itself was not illegal, the way they are customised was and was likely to be used to access copyrighted material.

Amazon previously banned 'fully-loaded' Kodi TV boxes and other pirate devices from its global online store earlier this month.

A policy update from the company stated that anyone selling products that 'promote, facilitate or enable' illegal access to copyrighted TV will now have their accounts suspended. 

Amazon has never permitted the sale of pirate TV players, but had previously done little to stop the sale of the devices on its site.

But the retailer said it would take 'immediate' action to stop the selling of Kodi boxes and similar devices.

Amazon has banned Kodi TV boxes (pictured) and other pirate devices from its online store. And the Premier League was granted a court order earlier this year to crack down on illegal football streaming

 

Amazon has banned Kodi TV boxes (pictured) and other pirate devices from its online store. And the Premier League was granted a court order earlier this year to crack down on illegal football streaming

'It is your responsibility to source and sell products that do not promote, promise the facilitation of, or actively enable the infringement of or unauthorised access to digital media or other protected content,' Amazon's policy reads.

'If you sell these products, we may immediately suspend or terminate your selling privileges and destroy inventory in our fulfilment centres without reimbursement.

'In addition, if we determine that your account has been used to engage in fraud or other illegal activity, remittances and payments may be withheld or forfeited.'

Amazon's new stance came just weeks after the Premier League was granted a court order to crack down on web browsers that facilitate illegal football streaming.

The court order allows Premier League bosses to blanket block internet servers that are powering the illegal streams.

The league previously only had the power to block individual streams, which were easy for hosts to re-establish using a different link.

A spokesman said it could now target pirates in a 'precise manner.'

'For the first time this will enable the Premier League to disrupt and prevent the illegal streaming of our matches via IPTV, so-called Kodi, boxes,' he added.

Football fans are being urged to buy a subscription to Sky Sports or BT, or watch matches at a venue that pays for access.

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Football fans are being urged to buy a subscription to Sky Sports or BT, or watch matches at a venue that pays for access.

And yet legal TV does not even broadcast the top level matches, for example, I pay for both those providers, and I still cannot watch the last match of the season with my top league team today - completely screwed up.

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