What are Kodi Boxes? Are Kodi Boxes Legal and Safe?

Kodi Boxes, legal or not! Do you want an answer to this? I have been talking to my friend about Kodi boxes and got to know Kodi boxes are illegal, whereas I thought that they are legal! Shocked! After debating and thereafter researching a lot I have come to a conclusion mentioned below in the article. So, if you have such confusion about Kodi boxes, go through the article an get the answer.

There is always a question on Kodi about its legality whether it’s on Kodi add-ons, software, or now on Kodi box as well. Clearing the confusion, let me first tell you that KODI is completely legal. KODI is just a piece of software with some add-ons built-in whereas all the add-ons are to developed by Kodi. Anyone, even you and me, can develop an add-on using programming languages. In this article, I will move step-by-step and make you understand all you need to know about Kodi boxes.

What is Kodi? Are they legal?

Kodi is a free open source software, that allows you to access all kinds of content including music, videos, sports, movies, etc. It is developed by the XBMC Foundation in 2002 initially.

It is an HTPC (multi-platform home-theater PC) application. Kodi is customizable with a lot of add-ons. The ranking of the Kodi website is 11084 according to Alexa ranking. This shows that millions of users are coming on this platform.


What are Kodi add-ons? Are they legal?

A Kodi add-on is a piece of software that you can install within Kodi. Different add-ons are dedicated to different outputs. Thousands of add-ons are available to download. Skins can change their appearance. Other plug-ins allow users to access streaming media content via online services such as Amazon Prime Instant Video, Crackle, Pandora Internet Radio, Rhapsody, Spotify, and YouTube.

Now read the next line very carefully,

Tons of add-ons are available to download on Kodi. Not all of them are legal, So which Kodi add-on you download and install on Kodi software make it legal or illegal.

See, Kodi add-ons are developed by different people around the world. No one knows, which piece of code is added to make addon works illegal. Only after using one can know that the ad-on is behaving illegally. Kodi team keeps checking on add-ons time-to-time. And because of this, you may have noticed that some Kodi add-ons disappear overnight.

What are Kodi boxes? Are they legal?

Now heading to Kodi Boxes, I am entering into the actual discussion. A Kodi box is a piece of hardware and a standalone device on which Kodi software runs and plugs directly into TV or monitor.

Fully loaded Kodi boxes are Android boxes that have many popular Kodi add-ons already installed. There is no need to install and maintain Kodi add-ons and system updates. These streaming boxes have an online update option and customer support that keep these boxes running smoothly.
KODI boxes are not illegal but to read into detail, go to the next section.

What’s the problem?

Not all people are good, we all know. So, there have been a group of sellers who quickly modify original Kodi configuration, installing broken piracy add-ons, advertising that Kodi lets you watch free movies and TV, and then vanishing when the user buys the box. Such sellers are dragging users into the world of piracy even without their knowledge.

What’s the Solution?

The solution is easy!

Trademark countdowns are imposed where the confusion is high and every possible step would be taken to find the corrupts.

Some Kodi Cases

According to,

  1. On February 8th, 2017, British police forces arrested 5 people accused of selling and distributing illegal Kodi set-top boxes in the North West of England and Wales.
  2. On March 7th, 2017,  Lord Toby Harris, Chair of National Trading Standards in the UK, stated that he “would also warn any person or business selling or operating such a device (Kodi boxes) that they are in breach of copyright law. National Trading Standards will continue to protect legitimate business and pursue those who breach copyright in this way.”
  3. On April 4th, 2017, Amazon has officially banned the selling of Android TV boxes on its website. Amazon even threatened to suspend the accounts of anyone who attempts to sell “fully loaded” Android TV Boxes.
  4. On April 11th, 2017, eBay followed Amazon suits and banned the selling of Kodi boxes on its website as well.

Final verdict

Readers, Thanks for reading so far!

I hope you would like this article. This article would make you understand each and everything about Kodi and Kodi’s box. I hope now it’s clear to you that what’s legal or whats not!

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