There was another major setback this week for controversial streaming service Kodi.
Due to mounting legal pressure, three popular add ons, abeksis.com, kodi-senyor.co.il and kodiwizardil.net from have been forced to close down.
The operators of the add ons are reportedly based in Israel and have been targeted by an anti piracy group known as ZIRA.
ZIRA filed for an injunction to stop the add ons from streaming content with the operators told that if they continue to run their shady streaming services, they will face fines in the region of $28,000, TorrentFreak reported.
Despite being based in Israel the add ons were accessible from anywhere in the world.
Users trying to access the add ons are now met with a warning which reads:
“The site you’ve entered was taken down since it was violating intellectual property rights.”
“The site’s operators were fined by the court and therefore the site ceased to operate!”
The incident is the latest in part of a global crackdown on illegal streaming services.
Last month, another major add on known as Navi X was also forced to close due to issues surrounding the legality of the content it was streaming.
In the UK, broadcasters and content rights holders such as Sky TV and the English Premier League are at the centre of a crackdown on illegal streaming, much of which is made possible through ‘fully loaded’ Kodi boxes.
While the Kodi software itself it not illegal, the way they are customised with ‘add ons’ which are used to stream copyrighted content is in breach of copyright laws.
The new Digital Economy Bill makes it a criminal offence for anyone in the UK to stream pirated content and anyone doing so can face up to 10 years in prison.
In Thailand too, the government has taken its first steps in regulating streaming services and has announced that all importers and producers of Internet TV boxes, including Android boxes, HDMI dongles and TV sticks required permission from the authorities.
People who import, produce or sell the Internet TV boxes in Thailand without the permission of the NBTC face a maximum of two years in jail and/or a maximum fine of two million baht.
Last month, officers from Department of Special Investigations, Thailand’s equivalent of the FBI, earlier this week carried out raids in Bangkok and arrested two British men and Thai woman involved in running illegal streaming services.