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lundi 19 juin 2017

Here's why your Kodi add-ons are not working

A series of recent court cases has meant some of the software used to stream illegal TV and films has been forced to shut down
Users of Kodi streaming services may be finding many of the add-ons they use to watch TV and films are not working.
That's because a series of recent court cases has seen many of them shut down.
While the Kodi service itself is not illegal, it is used by many people to stream content that is not being legally obtained.
Kodi is becoming increasingly popular with consumers, as TV and movie fans look for on-demand solutions to their viewing habits.
But more and more add-ons for the service are shutting down amid the clampdown.

Full list of Kodi add-ons shut down

These are the Kodi add-ons that are shut down... with more to follow, according to online forum

Several popular Kodi add-ons have been shut down without warning - sending shockwaves through the online streaming community
Despite Kodi open-source software being perfectly legal, links to premium paid-for content are not. The sale of 'loaded' boxes which allow users to access live sport and movies that would usually require a subscription is also illegal.

Several of these third party sources that supply the content - known as add-ons - have been shut down as the heat on piracy rises.
Pressure from anti-piracy groups has led to the closure of several Kodi add-ons including Phoenix - one of the most popular sources which provided users with free access to TV shows, films and live Premier League football matches. It was closed down this week
More are expected to follow suit.

According to website , these are the add-on’s that have shut down already this month:

A Kodi box is used to stream TV and video, but a court case should soon decide whether or not it is illegal to use them for this
A Kodi box is used to stream TV and video, but a court case should soon decide whether or not it is illegal to use them for this
DOJO Streams

ZEN (Updated and renamed Elysium)


Several more have been reported to be having problems, including;

UK Turk’s Playlists

Sports Devil


Yes Movies
ZIRA, an action group based in Israel has campaigned against piracy, going as far to file an injunction to halt operation of Isreali based add-ons, meaning developers who do not shut down will be sued and will receive a hefty fine.

Users based in the UK were able to access these add-on’s thanks to the global nature of the streaming service and by using VPN’s (virtual private networks) people are able to access some previously geographically-locked services.

Phoenix, one of the most popular add-ons, has closed down this week.
It comes after several Kodi add-ons based in Israel closed operations following pressure from a local group called ZIRA, reports the Mirror.
“In light of current events we have decided to close down Phoenix,” said Phoenix developer Cosmix, TorrentFreak reports.
“This is not something that was easy for us to do; we have all formed a bond that cannot be broken as a team and have a HUGE support base that we are thankful of.
“I can speak for myself when I say thank you to everybody that has ever been involved in Phoenix and it will always be one of my fondest memories.”
In recent months, Kodi has become a by-word for internet streaming piracy - even though the software itself doesn't host any media.
Rights holders and service providers like the Premier League and Sky TV are furiously trying to shut down the illegal add-ons that supply Kodi.
Much of this legal climate has sprung from a recent EU ruling that streaming pirated video content online does constitute an offence.
There are also vast sums of money involved thanks to the might of corporations like Sky and the Premier League.
In a landmark ruling, the Court of Justice of the European Union stated that the temporary reproduction of a copyright-protected work, obtained without the consent of the copyright holder, is NOT exempt from the "right of reproduction".
The right of reproduction states that no person other than the copyright owner can make any reproductions or copies of the work.
The ruling effectively means that anyone who streams an illegally copied film or TV show is breaking the law - just as they would be if they downloaded it.

The court explained that streaming this content "adversely affects the normal exploitation of those works and causes unreasonable prejudice to the legitimate interests of the copyright holders".
Which means, basically, that if you want to watch next season's Premier League football matches, you're going to have to pay for a Sky or BT Sport membership package.