IN CASE YOU WERE WORRIED about the financial impact of piracy on Premier League football firms, you can stop right now. One tiny thing that might have been preventing them from wazzing thousands on hair implants, sleeve tattoos and wives, a piracy thing called Kodi, has been sent off for an early bath.
We've fallen into soccer talk there, but will stop that now, we are already as sick as a parrot with it. Still. this is a game of two halves so perhaps we can pull it back round.
The BBC reports today that the Premier League has a court order that will let it tackle (sorry) the problem of people who don't want to pay £70 to watch 11 chaps disappoint them and eat a bad pie and drink bad tea, and choose to stream games instead.
Kodi is an instrument for this, and we have already seen one person who profited from football, without putting on a pair of shorts and rolling around on the ground grabbing his shin like he's been shot, and has been fined £250,000 for his efforts. As opposed to being paid around that much for them.
A spokesman for the League told the BBC that the court order would let it target pirates in a "precise manner". Presumably, they have never read any reports of misfiring court orders, because there are a lot of imprecise ones out there.
Anyway, the spokesman is pretty confident: "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.
Kodi defines itself as open source home theatre technology, which is fair, and the court order should mean that football streams disappear from its channels. Its official line on piracy is that it does not have anything to do with it.
"The official Kodi version does not contain any content what so ever. This means that you should provide your own content from a local or remote storage location, DVD, Blu-Ray or any other media carrier that you own," it explains.
"Additionally Kodi allows you to install third-party plugins that may provide access to content that is freely available on the official content provider website. The watching or listening of illegal or pirated content which would otherwise need to be paid for is not endorsed or approved by Team Kodi." µ
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