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eBay reveals tough new measures to kill dodgy Kodi boxes



So-called ‘fully-loaded’ Kodi boxes will be removed from sale on eBay in a bid to tackle online piracy.

The auction website will remove listings for any products that don’t comply with the law. This includes set-top streamer boxes that are designed to circumvent copyright restrictions and play content for free that would otherwise require payment to view.

For example, streaming boxes running open-source Kodi boxes are hugely popular right now. One of the big pulls for such boxes is that they can be loaded with software that allows the streaming of pirated movies, TV shows, and live sports. British police are already cracking down on the sale of these ‘fully-loaded’ Kodi boxes, with arrests having already been made – and fines subsequently doled out.

Speaking to the Sun, an eBay spokesperson said: “We run several initiatives designed to combat the infringement of intellectual property rights, including the Verified Rights Owner Program (VeRO).”

“We work with the police and regulators to ensure that all listings on eBay comply with the law,” eBay continued. “There are blocks in place to prevent the listing of illegal items, but we also constantly monitor our marketplace.”

Anyone found to be knowingly selling items that don’t comply with the law will be investigated and could face account restrictions or suspension,” the spokesperson added.

The news comes just weeks after it was revealed that Amazon had decided to crackdown on “Kodi-like streamers”, as reported by the Inquirer. Amazon didn’t make an official announcement on the matter, but added very clear guidelines to the restricted products section of Amazon’s seller advice page:

“Products offered for sale on Amazon should not promote, suggest the facilitation of, or actively enable the infringement of or unauthorised access to digital media or other protected content. Any streaming media player or other device that violates this policy is prohibited from sale on Amazon.”

The online retail giant continued: “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. 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 added.

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What’s your take on fully-loaded Kodi boxes? Let us know in the comments.


April 25, 2017, 1:58 pm

Just did a search after viewing this article and found countless boxes still for sale, good job eBay?

Kodi isn't even illegal, people can load it with torrent software, yes. But Kodi in its self isn't illegal, so why are they removing it?

I could, with less effort, buy anything with Windows/OSX on and start torrenting, will that be removed?

Hopefully we don't go to the American route and start getting big media sending us threatening letters saying the internet will be cut off because you downloaded Despicable me that one time on Pirate Bay.

Ben Rios

April 25, 2017, 10:59 pm

You are absolutely correct. Too many are crying out Kodi when it is just more or less browser type software not unlike Google or Firefox or Microsoft Edge. All the things that you can find with Kodi can be easily found with the other browsers.


April 26, 2017, 6:19 am

Oh no you mean people will use a vpn and browser to watch content and cast it via googlecast to their TV instead. Won't find a vpn on ebay

Bar Alle Alpi

April 26, 2017, 7:04 pm

Hello, you are totoally correct., I have started using VLC the Jriver and now XBMC and Kodi. I have been using these solution to manage my 140 movies on DVD and VHS and over 300 cds. Now I am rebuilding my Turntable and will add 75 LPs to my nas. I say thank you for such solution that can take a collection that took over 45 years to accumulate now I can sort them remove the components i do not like and build purposeful playlists> I understand and I support the artist right to earn on their works however Before a crackdown on pirates in a manner to improve their revenues more focus should be given to better management of their moneys and lifestyle. I do not support artist who squander their hard earn cash and expect to earn more just by selling more records or movies.


April 27, 2017, 11:54 pm

Seems like they're only prohibiting Kodi boxes that contain a piracy environment, pre-loaded with torrent software and streaming sites. It's in the article. Learn to read.

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