Trader supports the sale of ‘loaded’ Kodi boxes

A Middlesbrough shop owner has admitted the sale of modification of the TV boxes, which allow access to subscription content, such as Premier League football and movies.

Brian Thompson, 55, had originally denied any type of crime, and to establish the possibility of a reference point of the court case, related to the sale of Kodi boxes.

However, at Teesside Crown Court he changed his plea to admit two charges related to its sale and advertising.

Kodi developers have said that the boxes should not be used to access blocked content.

Judge Peter Armstrong said Thompson, of Barnaby Avenue, Middlesbrough, that “all sentencing options” were open.

Thompson admitted to a charge of sale and a charge of the advertising of devices “designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of enabling or facilitating the circumvention of effective technological measures”.

He was granted unconditional bail ahead of his sentencing on October 20.

Judge Armstrong told him: “I don’t know what the sentence is going to be, all of the options to the court will be open.”What is Kodi?
Kodi is free, legal software that allows users to collect videos, music, games and photos in one easy-to-use application
The software can be modified with third-party add-ons that provide access to pirated copies of movies, TELEVISION shows, or give free access to the subscription of television channels
The developers behind Kodi say they do not support the use of third-party add-ons that provide access to such content