Kodi Boxes Are Coming Under Fire For Plugins That Enable Copyright Infringement

Authorities across the world are increasingly taking action over Kodi media streaming hardware which is being sold on eBay and other sites. These boxes are pre-loaded with Kodi and a set of plugins that allow users to watch live video or movies and TV shows, all without paying a penny.

Kodi is a free and open source media streamer with a long history. It started life as Xbox Media Centre or XBMC, and was designed as a way to get video playback on your original generation Xbox. As time has passed though the software has opened up to more plugins and has been used as a platform to watch copyrighted material without paying.

Kodi has even managed to find itself being covered in the mainstream press as the sale of devices which are described as “Kodi fully loaded”. These boxes are designed to appeal to the mass market and feature a pretty standard piece of network streaming hardware with Kodi installed. Included with this will be a set of plugins that allow you to watch content like live sports, as well as pretty much every TV programme ever made, and all without paying more than the initial cost of the box.Image result for Kodi Boxes Are Coming Under Fire For Plugins That Enable Copyright Infringement

Increasingly though sellers of these boxes are running into legal problems. The EU now requires that box sellers verify that the software provided on the boxes they sell doesn’t infringe on the copyright of others. And you may now be aware that the government has sought much harsher punishments for copyright infringers.

And US satellite broadcaster Dish Network is now seeking $150,000 per infringement, which would make the liability for any box seller become fairly massive. For many doing this the financial rewards just aren’t significant enough to risk such stiff penalties. For most of the plugin authors there’s no real money to be made here, and like most forms of copyright infringement it’s about user convenience more than it is about depriving any business of money.

For example, it’s a lot easier to tap a couple of buttons on a Kodi box than it is to get your West Wing DVD box set out and play an episode. It’s nicer to have all your favourite shows in one interface than to have to jump from Netflix to Amazon Prime to iTunes. And what’s more, streaming services don’t universally run on every type of streamer.

As always though, the fight to stop people selling boxes doesn’t really address the issues. These plugins often use files stored on the cloud. These are hosted on Dropbox, Google Drive or other similar services and shutting them down is next to impossible. It sends a message of course, but the problem won’t go away.

Primark is selling shoes that look almost identical to a Gucci pair for £8 instead of £480

Primark has done it again.

Known for its impressive “copies” of designer pieces — including the £8 Prada-like slippers we wrote about last month — the budget high street store is currently selling two varieties of floral loafers which look almost identical to a Gucci pair.

However, they cost £8, instead of the £480 the designer slippers will set you back.

The purse-friendly alternatives are available in either a flat black pump, or a backless pink loafer, both of which are adorned with colourful floral embroidery.

primark gucci Primark’s Gucci-esque loafers are available in pink or black and cost just £8. Primark

Gucci’s classic horsebit loafers have had a revamp over the last couple of years. In 2015, new creative director Alessandro Michele introduced some contemporary and fun elements to the staple shoe, including furry innersoles, and crystal embroidered bows.

The new styles of Gucci backless loafers — or high street versions of them — have been hailed by fashion bloggers as the “it” shoes of 2017.

The Gucci Princetown New Flora slipper is described as “a revamped version of the iconic Flora print by Vittorio Accornero.” Shown below, they cost £480.

Below, Instagram user @chantaalgs models the pink Primark loafers which look very similar. They cost £8.

Here, Instagram user @sartorialphil shows off another pair of the fun new style of Gucci loafers. This pair has Donald Duck details.

Flipkart Fashion Days Sale: Top 5 offers and big discounts on clothes, bags, footwear, makeup that you cannot afford to miss

The first-of-its-kind nine day fashion sale by online shopping website Flipkart, ‘Fashion Days Sale’ begins today and there is something for all kinds of fashion addicts. The end-of-season sale that will go on till June 18, has some pretty steep discounts on some of the biggest brands of fashion clothing and accessories. Products like jeans, t-shirts, tops, dresses, sports wear for both men and women, sunglasses, watches and even , bags, sports accessories and footwear from brands like Addidas and others, are on sale at Flipkart.

Here are some of the deals that you just can’t afford to miss today:

1. Upto 60 per cent discount on makeup and beauty products from Maybelline, Lakme and other top brands. Products like foundation, eye liner, mascara, lipsticks, eye shades, nail polishes and even makeup brushes are available at huge discounts.

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2. Upto 70 per cent off on travel and trolley bags, suitcases, backpacks and handbags from Giordano.

3. Skmei, Sanda, S Shock and other sports watches are available for under Rs 999, starting from as low as Rs 470. The sale also features fashion watches from Timex and Fastrack at discounts that go up to as much as 80 per cent.

4. Running, hiking, trekking and other heavy duty and normal sports shoes from Wildcraft, Nike, Fila, Adidas, Reebok, are also available on discounts that go up to 50 per cent.

5. Casual tops for women start from Rs 300, with discounts of as much as 70 per cent. There is a discount of upto 50 per cent on women’s tunics as well.

There are additional discounts for payments application Phone Pe and also HDFC customers who use the shopping card to make purchases. The sale is expected to rake in big monies for the website that is looking to clear its stocks with this end-of-season sale. The website has done something different this time, by curating wardrobes according to preferences of shoppers with sections like Diva, Workaholic, Sports Guru, etc.