Court Date Looms for Kodi Box Seller
Brian Thompson will appear in court next month in landmark case which could effect thousands of Kodi Box sellers.
Vowing to clear his name and potentially opening the doors on a 'free for all' Brian Thompson from Middlesborough will appear in court on January the 17th in what has been seen by many as a 'landmark' case which will effect the future of Kodi box sellers across the UK.
The 54 year old's legal team requested more time in October, when first appearing at Teeside Crown Court after it was referred by the magistrates court in September.
Paul Flemming, defending, said 'It involves an unusual piece of legislation. This is not an easy area of law.'
'The issues are both technical, as to what these devices are capable of and whether it gives rise to an offence, and complicated legally because of the implications of the assertions that the Crown make.
It was Middlesborough council that brought one of the first ever prosecutions relating to the sale of Android or Kodi boxes. They purchased boxes from Thompson at his 'Cupric Tomo Tvs' shop and tested the devices.
He is charged with two counts of selling boxes 'adapted for the purpose of enabling or facilitating the circumvention of effective technological measures' and a third charge of 'advertising a product to circumvent technological measures'.
What is Legal?
It has been believed for a long time that an individual who installs the 'apps' or 'add ons' themselves and uses them for personal streaming where no hard copy is held, would be unlikely to face prosecution.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of 'Fully loaded' devices available on eBay, Amazon and other websites where these add ons have been pre installed via 'builds' these require no or little set up by the user and it is this key difference that the state are challenging.
What could it mean for box sellers?
Box sellers should rightly be worried as this could open the way for further prosecutions, and with the potential of jail time if convicted, many will be forced to stop.
Obviously if this goes in Thompson's favour then a wash of boxes will become available and likely the price will drop.
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