Should this come as a surprise to anyone? Pirated applications not only wreak havoc on industry studios and other copyright holder groups but also, according to some sources, corrupt children without their parent’s knowing anything about it. Moreover, these pirated applications and hardware (Kodi included) also damage your TV. Should you believe all this? Only one way to find out. Let’s dig into it then.
First came the Kodi devices that allowed people to play and consume the type of content they wanted, when they wanted to and without leaving the comforts of their home.
Then came those damned modified Kodi devices which, to this day, allow its users to enjoy and consume all types of content that their hearts could ever desire.
Users of these modified Kodi devices should be gratelful because these Kodi devices helped these type of consumers because they enabled these users to stream content for free. Sometime that content was illegal.
We’ll get to the details later because first, the industry behind producing and then distributing all the content that is viewed regularly via modified Kodi devices, want you to know that the Kodi devices you love so much, can corrupt the beliefs of your children.
Moreover, these modified Kodi devices are so dangerous that they can end up damaging your TV sets as well.
You should believe everything in the past two or three lines if you want to trust each and every word that comes out from The Industry Trust for IP Awareness and FindAnyFilm.com.
Both of these entities are now warning children and their parents that pirated devices such as modified Kodi devices and their related software are bad for children as well as their electronics, firstly, because they don’t come with age-control functions.
Because of some other technical aspects, these modified Kodi devices are also, potentially, harmful to your TV sets.
Again,should you believe all of this? As we have said before, let’s find out.
Maybe there is some truth to what organizations like The Industry Trust for IP Awareness and FindAnyFilm.com, are saying about modified Kodi devices.
But mostly, messages like the ones we have mentioned in the previous paragraphs are nothing by strategies and tactics used by anti-piracy groups and other copyright holder groups to curtail the spread of piracy.
Do these tactics work?
Can they ever work?
Not a chance. The only way to change people is to change their conditioning. By that, we mean that organizations like The Industry Trust for IP Awareness and FindAnyFilm.com should pay more attention to bringing a change in the behavior of their targetted audience. That is the only way to change the current situation and force the difference to last a long time.
To put it another way, there is no one “best” way to tempt people not to download copyrighted content from the internet without paying a fee for it.
People will do the right thing either when put under strict laws (which won’t happen because just as there are anti-piracy groups all over the place, there are also human rights groups, however useless, literally all over the place) or when given the right kind of incentive to do the right thing.
Offering “cool” services is not a bad ploy but more often than not, it doesn’t work. Well, for the majority at least.
But organizations who want to stop people from downloading copyrighted stuff from the internet without paying for it or taking permission from the creators of that copyrighted content, have other means of changing people’s mind as well.
In the piece, he quietly asks children and more specifically their parents, if some of them or preferably all of them, were even aware of the risks that were involved with using piracy-ready set-top streaming boxes such as Kodi. More specifically, modified Kodi devices.
Even more specifically, modified Kodi devices with pre-installed third-party add-ons.
Well, no one should be surprised at the answer. Many people use devices such as modified Kodi devices to stream their favorite content from the internet. Sometimes that content can be copyrighted content and hence unknowing consumers get themselves tangled with pirating copyrighted content.
Bales said in his piece that unauthorized use of third-party apps that are installed on these modified Kodi devices and USB sticks basically scrapped copyrighted content from thousands of file-sharing websites over the internet and that was in itself illegal.
Moreover, he said, devices like modified Kodi devices also “pulled” content from other piracy websites such as cyberlockers along with streaming sites.
Kodi devices used these sources to download and then stream copyrighted content which was regarded as, according to Liz Bales at least, as copyright infringement.
Bales probably knows this, and perhaps that is the reason why he mentioned it as well, that Kodi devices are also used all over the world to view all types of copyrighted content and not just the ones related to the film industry.
Mostly, people use Kodi devices to view film content along with TV and sports content. Most of the time, if not all, they don’t pay a dime for it.
Bale, in his article for the Huffington Post, also said that in doing so, users who used Kodi devices to view illegal content expose themselves and many other users to the security and safety risks.
These safety and security risks are the same ones that users are exposed to when they visit other piracy websites through their desktops, laptops and smartphone devices.
He also said that the television (of all the inventions in the world) was probably the more trusted and family secure form of viewing content.
In order to prove his point once and for all (at least in his mind) he also cited some statistics from a study that was published just recently.
The study found out that people who used Kodi devices to watch pirate content on the internet without prior permission or any social control had more chance of exposing themselves to inappropriate material.
More specifically, the study reported that over ten percent of the people who engaged in viewing copyrighted content from Kodi devices were exposed to the age-inappropriate content. These same users, who took part in a form by piracy by viewing copyrighted content without payment or proper permission, were also more exposed to adult content.
When The Industry Trust group was contacted by a representative from TorrentFreak in order to get an exclusive look at the report that made such remarks, they were treated with a half no.
Why half-no why not a full no?
Well, a half-no because the TorrentFreak representatives were only trusted enough to be shown a small portion of the figures that were presented in the report.
It was later revealed that The Industry Trust group had a special deal with some other publication and because of that, they were not at the liberty to share the contents of the whole report with TorrentFreak.
Regardless, it remains to be seen if the report really made sense. Because even if we assume that everything Bale said in his piece was correct and verifiable, then there is still enough room for discussion where it could be argued that streaming content from a Kodi device was no more harmful than visiting YouTube or streaming from Netflix or even from Television itself.
So What’s The Core Issue With People Using Kodi Devices?
At the heart of the issue is the question of whether people are more likely to be exposed to content that is inappropriate for their age, taste or beliefs.
Keeping that in mind, it makes sense that Bale is trying to make people believe that some of the content that is available through pirated services such as modified Kodi devices was not really safe because it did not make efforts to adhere to the British Board of Film Classifications age rating system.
Moreover, whenever such content made it to the air on a Television, there was a specific warning before the actual display of the content while viewers on Kodi devices would get no warning whatsoever.
Just to take an example, there are films. Then there are films that are suitable for watching alone and with family.
Then there are other films which are age-appropriate for people under ten and then there are furthermore films which are aimed at teenagers.
By viewing content from a Kodi device, users run the risk of exposing a film that was made for 18+ audiences to their teenage child.
And there is nothing stopping the child from viewing that kind of a film because Kodi devices don’t have that functionality and there is no authority present in the UK or anywhere else on earth for that matter, that regulates what does and doesn’t get on Kodi devices.
Bales further explained his point about consumer risk with using Kodi device by saying that the more concerning part of the study, he calls it research but whatever, was the tendency for families to engage in Digital TV Piracy.
He said that families knowingly or unknowingly engaged in piracy through the use of the modified Kodi devices on their trusted family TV and, more often than not, left their children alone to use the technology, however, they wanted to and without supervision i.e on their own.
Bales further cited some more statistics to persuade the readers. He wrote that, in fact, more than three quarters, in other words, more than seventy-five percent of the parents who had participated in Digital TV Piracy reported that their child or children were allowed to have access to unauthorized content and without supervision.
Furthermore, another seven percent stated that they had actually installed the Kodi technology on their TV sets in their children’s bedrooms.
Well, to readers who haven’t been following Kodi related news for a while, this would seem like an ideal place where the child maneuvers himself into a position where he comes into contact with content that he shouldn’t.
In other words, a moral apocalypse right?
What could go more wrong?
A child, alone in a room for long enough period is, in and of itself, an accident waiting to happen. Put that child in a room with a device that can show any kind of content from the internet without any regulation and it seems like there could be nothing more disaster-prone.
The situation gets even bleaker when the same child is joined by a group of friends around a dangerous technology such modified Kodi devices in the room. Nothing is there to stop them from watching whatever they want to and for however long they want to.
An almost perfect setting for the devil to pollute the young children’s mind and corrupt their beliefs by replacing them with filth. Mostly violent filth.
In other words, say hello to the greatest invention of the past century, the Internet.
Readers who know how the internet works and how people generally consume content nowadays are privy to the fact that given the technology and its ubiquitousness there is an opportunity for everybody, from the elderly to the infants, to get exposed to the filth that is readily available on the internet.
But should that mean that the internet should be banned altogether or even worse, more regulation be brought forward in order to sanitize the use of the Internet?
Well, let’s read a bit more to find out.
The first thing to know here is that it is the parent’s responsibility to watch out what their children are watching. That holds true no matter what the device or the source of content. Only singling out devices such as modified Kodi ones only reeks of failed attempts at scaring people away from devices such as Kodi with no intention of benefitting the people.
Moreover, as alluded to earlier as well, kids these days have access to computers and smartphones already, so why not bring up this issue in that regard as well?
The internet is not going to transform itself into a place of rainbows and roses for children under 8. In other words, the Internet doesn’t know anything concrete about the user (it knows some things) and hence it is the duty of the parents to guide their children on what to consume and what not to.
To put it another way, if Kodi devices don’t have any parental controls, then so does the internet. So should people stay away from the internet as well?
That doesn’t make sense.
There is no doubt that children should be protected from potential harm but it should not be hardware specific.
Needless to say, Bale’s attempt to warn people is only limited to Kodi USB sticks and Kodi third-party add-ons as these are the only ones that are eating into their revenues.
Will it work?
Short answer: no.
Long answer: definitely no.