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Is using Kodi Legal? Is it possible to use Kodi safely and legally in any country?

Find answers to questions such as is Kodi legal and others in this complete guide.

Kodi is the open source new-age platform-agnostic streaming giant which has embroiled itself under various legal questions.

As we just mentioned, a lot of Kodi users have started to wonder whether they should be using Kodi or any other software related to it.

Hence, we have written this guide in order to explain everything that the user needs to know in order to ascertain if using Kodi is legal.

After reading this guide, users who are confused with questions such as ‘is Kodi legal’ and/or ‘is Kodi illegal’, would have a full explanation on the stance of various governments and law enforcement agencies on Kodi.

We will try to explain both sides of the argument to present the readers with a balanced view.

What is Kodi?

When it comes to powerful entertainment machines which are also open-source in nature, there aren’t many that can outmatch Kodi as a streaming device.

Kodi is available for all mainstream, major device such as,

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Linux
  • Xbox
  • Roku
  • iOS
  • macOS
  • Android
  • Windows
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Amazon Fire Stick

Once the user has installed the official Kodi app on any of these given operating systems, the first thing that they have to do is to get a good Kodi VPN.

This is especially important for users who want to watch TV Shows and Movies with third-party developer Kodi add-ons.

Kodi officially launched its service first in 2002.

Back then it did not go by the name of Kodi.

It went by the name of XBMP or Xbox Media Player.

However, after just a short while, XBMP changed its name to Xbox Media Center or XBMC.

Now the only problem with that setup was that it presented the media player with a lot of limitations since it did not support any other platform than Xbox.

That is the reason why in August 2014, the XBMC changed its name officially to Kodi.

After doing that, it changed its list of features and expanded it further.

Readers need to understand that Kodi’s ability to stream any type of content actually comes from Kodi add-ons and not from itself.

These Kodi add-ons come from third-party developers who distribute these for free.

Sometimes, they even offer subscription-only Kodi add-ons.

The other thing readers need to understand is that streaming networks and services that spend resources to develop Kodi add-ons on their own always cost users a good amount of money.

Sometimes, the fees that they charge can equal if not exceed the fees that they take from regular online users.

With that said, if Kodi users make use of third-party developed Kodi add-ons then they can make a huge difference to their online streaming experience.

Kodi Pros

  • The main advantage of using Kodi is that it supports almost all video and audio file formats.
  • It is an open source software application which enables developers from third-party companies to develop Kodi add-ons of their own.
  • One other advantage s that, users can access all their visual and audio content from one location.
  • The whole Kodi software application is also free of cost.
  • With the help of unofficial Kodi add-ons, users have the option of watching the latest Live TV events, Sports channels, TV series, and movies.

Kodi Cons

  • Most of the official Kodi addons have very little to offer to users apart from the fact that a good portion of them simply do not work.
  • Official Kodi add-ons have a very limited variety of content.
  • A lot of Kodi users widely use Kodi to view material that has copyrights on it for free.
  • The majority of Kodi users still are unaware of all the legal issues that can arise with the use of Kodi.

So is Kodi legal?

Our research shows that Kodi is absolutely and perfectly legal.

But that is only true for those users who stick to the official add-ons on Kodi.

Kodi actually makes it extremely easy for all its users to have access to its official Kodi add-ons.

It does that by offering users a built-in and official repository.

When users install Kodi for the first time, they can access this Kodi repository almost immediately.

Of course, there are some things that Kodi wants users to give a second thought to and stay away from.

These are called unofficial third-party Kodi add-ons.

We are aware of the fact that official Kodi add-ons do seem pretty enticing.

However, contrary to what they claim, they don’t enable users to watch any good free TV shows and/or movies.

Honestly speaking, there are estimates that more than 50 percent of official Kodi add-ons do not even work.

That is perhaps one of the reasons why a lot of Kodi users are so much into third-party Kodi addons.

And with the use of Kodi add-ons, they can sometimes come across material that is both copyrighted and free.

Kodi now has joined hands and formed partnerships with all of the world’s streaming giants including big names such as Hulu, Netflix, and HBO along with many other online services in order to make effort to end piracy via Kodi apps.

However, the inherent nature of Kodi and how it works means that anyone and everyone can have access to Kodi code.

Kodi is open source and that allows it to both enjoy some benefits and suffer some harms.

What are Kodi addons? Or third-party Kodi addons?

We want readers to think of Kodi add-ons as add-ons that have very little to do with Kodi.

Instead of Kodi, some users like to think third-party developers for developing these unofficial Kodi add-ons and bringing them to the market independently.

With the help of various unofficial Kodi addons, Kodi users can stream

  • Live sports
  • Live TV
  • TV Shows
  • Movies

And they can do that for free.

Kodi has the ability to fetch content sources from various different Torrents sites and a massive number of other streaming sites that exist completely on the internet.

Is Kodi illegal in any way?

There is little doubt about the fact that a wise Kodi user would want to stay away from watching copyrighted materials for free on Kodi.

That isn’t something anyone recommends.

Especially with a VPN service (we’ll talk more about VPN services and how it can change the situation completely in a later section of this guide).

There are a lot of other maintenance Kodi add-ons which can clear up Kodi cache and hence help users solve many of the buffering issues that they face while streaming content from Kodi.

Third-party Kodi add-ons that allow users to watch free TV shows and movies scrape the internet to get a hold of premium material directly from torrent sites and streaming sites.

We have already mentioned that.

What we haven’t mentioned is that Kodi addons download content in a variety of different video and audio qualities.

This is the one major reason why the Kodi community has had to deal with several crackdowns against third-party Kodi add-on developers who work hard to develop all such Kodi add-ons.

When does using Kodi become illegal?


Kodi becomes more or less illegal if the user has installed Kodi add-ons which are unofficial and they allow the user to stream high-quality content without any charges.

Perhaps this is a good time to mention various forms of Kodi such as Kodi boxes and other set-top boxes where users can pay someone to give them a device that comes pre-installed with various unofficial and official Kodi add-ons.

Not only that, Kodi also enables users to watch various kinds of copyrighted material and that too for free.

This is, what we think, makes Kodi pretty much illegal from the start.

The European Union’s court has actually placed a full ban of various Kodi boxes which come pre-installed with third-party Kodi addons.

When the user installs a third-party Kodi addon for himself/herself with the help of any Kodi box, then the whole process becomes much safer as compared to simply purchasing a (though decently priced) fully-loaded Kodi box.

We hope readers keep it as simple as we have described it above.

So all that users have to do is to purchase an Android box and then install a bunch of third-party Kodi add-ons on it.

They should try to do it on their own.

And then purchase a Kodi VPN in order to hide whatever it is that they view on Kodi.

Moreover, Kodi VPNs also allow users to stream a ton of content at a sweet sweet cost of nothing.

Do users watch illegal add-ons and apps?

Kodi has actually made it very easy for users to distinguish between all the legal stuff and the illegal stuff that they can watch on their Kodi streaming device.

Users who are trying to access various legal Kodi addons and looking for them in a Kodi add-on repository should know that their wanted repository is actually located under the option that says Install from Repository.

Once there, users should have no problems in finding various types of add-ons which are developed by various online service providers themselves.

Next question: is Kodi safe to use?

The good thing about Kodi is that, it takes full responsibility and guarantees that none of its official Kodi add-ons would bring in any trouble to users.

As mentioned before, all of these Kodi add-ons are available to users under the official Kodi repository.

However, Kodi also clearly mentions that it really takes zero responsibility for any third-party Kodi add-ons.

These are the same Kodi add-ons that various independent developers bring to the Kodi platform.

So when the user installs a particular Kodi add-on, most of the time he/she doesn’t really know what is inside the add-on or even what he/she is actually installing.

The only motivation on part of the average Kodi user is that the Kodi add-on would allow him/her to watch free TV shows and movies.

Our research shows that there are a few unofficial (Kodi doesn’t have anything to do with them) and third-party Kodi add-ons that deliberately hide some form of malware under the garb of Kodi add-on plugin file.

This ‘plugin’ file actually hides the malware which tracks the user’s online activity.

Afterward, such developers also come up with other similar Kodi add-ons based on the current user base’s collective activities.

To summarize everything we have said above, readers should know that Kodi is fairly safe to use unless and until the user himself/herself makes use of Kodi add-ons by installing them.

Dish network vs Kodi

As mentioned before as well, Kodi has managed to form some pretty strong bonds with some of the biggest streaming services in the world.

One of those services is Netflix.

Some believe that Kodi did that in order to get rid of accusations that it had colluded with third-party Kodi add-on developers.

Following from that, the Dish Network actually filed a series of vicious lawsuits against Kodi to fight them on problematic add-ons such as Phoenix and Zem TV.

The Dish Network also managed to force them to actually shut down all of their Kodi add-ons and for good, according to some.

From a pool consisting of thousands of Kodi add-ons, about two showed various Live TV channels via Kodi.

One other lawsuit that perhaps we should mention here is the one where a group of companies called Canadian Telecommunications are suing TVAddons in court.

The community has also seen a little abuse of power in another digital copyright infringement case.

However, the main man behind the TVAddons site, Adam Lackman, is fighting pretty hard to win the case.

Let’s see where that ends up.

A list of official Kodi add-ons

As mentioned before, some Kodi add-ons (official ones) work and some do not.

Here is the list of the ones that do work.

  • Plex
  • PBS Kids
  • Com
  • Nasa
  • Fox Sports Go
  • NBC Live Extra
  • iPlayer WWW

Unofficial Kodi addons

Let’s take a look at some of the most well-known unofficial Kodi add-ons that actually show free TV shows and free movies and that work perfectly as well.

  • Fantastic Kodi
  • Genesis Reborn Kodi
  • cCloud TV Kodi
  • Mobdro Kodi
  • Oculus Kodi
  • Placenta Kodi
  • Gurzil Kodi
  • Poseidon Kodi
  • Exodus Kodi
  • Covenant Kodi

Kodi news

As recently as January 11nth of 2018, Kodi actually joined its efforts with the hugely popular service by the name of Netflix.

Moreover, it also presented a legal lawsuit against DragonBox, a fully-loaded unofficial Kodi box.

Those who want more information on what DragonBox is and what does it do, they should know that DragonBox is actually a streaming box which comes with many pre-installed and unofficial Kodi add-ons.

That, essentially makes it illegal to use Kodi.

Then there is the MUSO firm which tracks online privacy.

It recently came out with a finding that online privacy had reached such epidemic levels that almost all efforts against online piracy such as crackdowns and lawsuits to curb the use of illegal Kodi add-ons had proved inefficient.

In other words, all their efforts went down in vain.

Apart from that, the results from the same study also found out that online piracy sites had gained huge popularity in recent years.

More specifically, pirates sites managed to have more than 300 billion hits in 2017 alone.

That number was actually a 1.6 percent rise from the one in 2016.

Official Kodi stance on various legal issues

As alluded to before as well, Kodi, for the most part, had kept itself a good distance away from all problematic third-party Kodi add-ons and all of their developers.

Apart from that, they have also maintained a pretty strong stance if users simply stuck to installing Kodi in its original state and did not install illegal add-ons, Kodi was legal.

As legal as any other online web browser.

However, the problem with that thinking is that Kodi is an open source media player and it is free.

Moreover, there is no way for the user to prevent the Kodi user from not downloading any unofficial Kodi add-ons.

Perhaps the official Kodi stance makes the most sense.

Why do we say that?

We say that because Kodi, as a media player, in its unaltered and original state is pretty much perfectly legal to use.

In order to prevent any and all Kodi users from going ahead and installing installing any unofficial Kodi add-ons, Kodi actually provided a built-in and working official Kodi repository which installs most of the official and clean Kodi add-ons.

Now, despite that, there is no hiding the fact that the use of unofficial Kodi add-ons has only increased in recent years.

What about Kodi boxes? Are Kodi boxes illegal? Are Kodi boxes legal?


Kodi boxes in and of themselves are not illegal.

They are only illegal if they come pre-installed with Kodi add-ons.

Such Kodi boxes, when they come pre-installed with unofficial Kodi add-ons are called fully-loaded Kodi boxes.

Then there are those Android boxes along with other kinds of boxes which have various third-party Kodi add-ons on them installed and ready to use, are pretty much illegal in the market.

This is the reason why some have started to warn Kodi users to read up and become aware of purchasing all such boxes via online resources.

As a direct result of the popularity of such boxes, the top court in the European Union has actually ordered to prohibit the sale of and ban all types fully-loaded Kodi boxes from any and all markets.

Of course, that doesn’t mean there are no Kodi boxes anymore.

There are many.

In fact, if one searches the internet, there are whole lists of best Kodi boxes.

We will come up with a guide on that pretty soon but for now, users should know that before purchasing any Kodi device they should take a look at the features each box is offering and then match that with their requirements and then see which ones they should purchase and which ones they should avoid.

Is there anything that Kodi can actually do about third-party Kodi add-ons?

Yes, there is.

And it has been doing so.

Kodi, to its credit, has continuously taken pretty strong steps in order to actually curb developers and Kodi users from developing and using third-party Kodi add-ons respectively.

Not only that, but in recent times Kodi has also managed to team up with streaming networks such as Netflix and others in order to take down some of the most well-known and well-respected Kodi repositories which include Smash Repo, Colossus Repo, and Ares Wizard and also others.

Despite all of these efforts, a ton of new Kodi add-ons which have emerged recently have actually taken the place of all the old Kodi add-ons which Kodi and other copyright protection groups have shut down.

In other words, there is very little that if anything that the official Kodi community and copyright protection groups have gained by their efforts to shut down unofficial Kodi add-ons or form partnerships with online streaming network giants and/or even the efforts made by Kodi itself.

Some believe that Kodi needs to cut the actual source so that no Kodi developer is ever able to step foot in community ring that belongs to third-party Kodi developers.

Kodi compatibility

As indicated earlier in this guide as well, Kodi has full support for almost mainstream devices.

It even has support for some non-mainstream internet-enabled devices.

The only starting-to-become-mainstream device that does not support Kodi right out of the box is Kodi.

In order to get Kodi on Roku, the user first has to apply the relevant screening method.

This alone should be enough for people to know why Kodi has become as popular as it has.

Since it is available on all devices, Kodi is able to capture and convert users from all platforms.

Other things which are backing it up from the other side are scheduled updates and a big unofficial Kodi add-on community.

Whenever an unofficial Kodi add-on becomes a huge hit, Kodi users start to install that Kodi add-on on their favorite streaming devices in droves.

The legality of Kodi add-ons and Kodi

If we’re talking about the legal spectrum regarding Kodi, then readers should know a couple of very important things.

The first thing that readers should remember is that Kodi does nothing on its own.

It is just a platform.

Just like YouTube is a platform.

Kodi allows any and all users to easily create Kodi add-ons and also work to make the overall Kodi software application better.

In order to make things even more easy for all Kodi users, Kodi offers them an official installation package which comes to the platform’s official repository.

This is where, by default, the majority of the Kodi add-ons that the user has installed and otherwise, are located.

Of course, this isn’t something that a ton of Kodi users would want to know about.

Kodi users also have the option of developing that type of Kodi add-ons which enable them to add content related to copyrighted TV Shows and Movies.

All the while, they are also distributing such Kodi add-ons into various online Kodi communities.

Such Kodi add-ons enable users to not only watch content that is pirated but also get those Kodi users into a perceptible amount of legal trouble.

Of course, Kodi users can take matters in their own hands by simply making use of a VPN service.

How to use a VPN with Kodi?

First, let’s handle the question of how can users protect themselves with the help of a VPN service while they are using Kodi.

Before viewing various kinds of copyrighted material via Kodi for free, Kodi users should make sure that their online protection is taken care of.

Here are the VPNs for Kodi that we are recommending to users at this point in time.

Our research shows that these VPN services keep the user’s online identity secure and data hidden.

  • IPVanish
  • NordVPN
  • PrivateVPN
  • ExpressVPN
  • PureVPN


IPVanish for our money is the overall best VPN service in the world.

However, it is especially good for Kodi users.


Because it is fully compatible with all Kodi add-ons.

So Kodi users do not have to worry about a Kodi add-on not working because their VPN does not support a given Kodi add-on.

Some VPN services work with ‘some’ Kodi add-ons.

Not IPVanish.

IPVanish works with all of them.

Add to that the fact that IPVanish is very secure and very safe.

It has made a quite a reputation for itself by performing year after year after year.

The company also has servers in almost countries which means that users can not only use it with Kodi but with other streaming sites as well.

It doesn’t work with US Netflix though.

For that, you will have to try another one of our VPN services NordVPN.

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  • Offers a variety of VPN protocols
  • Provides users with advanced features such as an OpenVPN connection and a kill switch
  • Uses AES 256-bit encryption.
  • Has plenty of VPN servers spread around the globe.


  • Based in the US.
  • The official money-back guarantee could be longer.


Our research shows that NordVPN is actually the strongest VPN service provider that exists on planet earth.

It gets that much appreciation solely because of its double encryption feature.

When the user tries to view free copyrighted TV Shows and/or Movies on Kodi, then users would need a VPN service so that they are able to protect their online identity.

Now, we have already mentioned the fact that NordVPN provides users with the absolute best online protection, what we haven’t mentioned is that it also works with US Netflix.

Combining both of these features and it should become easy for anyone to understand why NordVPN is quickly becoming the best VPN available in the market today.

NordVPN offers users a total of 3300 VPN servers which are located in strategic positions all over the world.

Click here to read out full NordVPN review with all the details.


  • It protects the user’s IP address to the fullest
  • Follows a strict no-logs policy
  • It has over 3300 VPN servers
  • Offers double encryption.
  • Has DNS leak protection feature


  • Becomes slow when users turn on the double encryption feature.



This VPN service provider offers users with an incredible amount of encryption which protects the user’s online privacy whenever and wherever they are connected to their Kodi streaming device.

And are, of course, watching copyrighted material for free.

The company has a total of 750 plus VPN servers which further allow users to bypass various kinds of geo-restrictions.

With PureVPN, users do not have to worry about Live TV channels not working on Kodi.

Perhaps the most ‘standard’ feature of this VPN service is that it allows users to connect up to five simultaneous devices.

Click here to read our full PureVPN review in detail.


  • Offers multiple VPN protocols
  • Provides dedicated IP addresses
  • Has an internet Kill Switch
  • 750+ VPN servers
  • 256-bit encryption


  • The official money-back guarantee lasts only seven days.


We like this VPN service because it unlocks everything on platforms such as Kodi while keeping the user safe.

With PrivateVPN, users can rest assured that their identity is pretty much safe when they are trying to stream copyrighted material via Kodi on the internet for free.

Oh yes, it also unblocks various geo-restrictions on Live TV channels.

Our research also shows that PrivateVPN offers users the option of unblocking various streaming sites.

The best thing about this is that it works with US Netflix.

So Kodi users who are having second thoughts about streaming copyrighted content on Kodi for free, may want to try out US Netflix with the help of Private VPN to see if it fits their needs.

Click here to read our full PrivateVPN review in detail.


  • Comes with a mammoth 30-day official money-back guarantee.
  • VPN servers located in over 56 countries.
  • The total number of simultaneous connections is six.
  • Makes use of 2048-bit encryption along with AES 256-bit one for different purposes.


  • Should increase its quantity of servers.


This VPN service provider is another solution for people who want to counter blocks on part of some Kodi add-ons to watch copyrighted material on the internet via streaming for free.

In simpler terms, Ivacy keeps the user’s online activity pretty much private.

That, in turn, means that it would never compromise the user’s online protection.

It is more than a good solution for online users who want to hide anything and everything that they do on the internet.

Ivacy provides features for Kodi user to browse the internet in a secure and anonymous manner.

This tells us that the VPN service is offering users top-notch features.

Click here to read out the full Ivacy review for more details.


  • 256-bit AES encryption.
  • Allows 5 multiple and simultaneous logins
  • Fast online streaming.
  • Split tunneling feature that works.
  • No limit on server switching.


  • The money-back guarantee period is just seven days.

What about streaming? Is streaming actually legal?

Of course, it is.

Streaming content online is a not a crime.

It is actually perfectly legal.

However, the only relevant question which users need to answer is:

What kind and/or type of content that they need to stream?

Then there are other questions to be looked into.

The most important of which is the question of whether or not the owner of the premium media (and otherwise) content has actually given the online consumer the rights to stream its content.

If the owner has given permission to do that, then there is nothing wrong in streaming that content from a legal perspective.

However, online consumers usually also make efforts to view premium copyrighted material on the internet without paying for it.

And since they do not have the necessary permissions from the actual owner of the content, that streaming is illegal.

As mentioned at the top as well, all the official and clean Kodi add-ons are actually developed by their respective owners exclusively for Kodi.

For example, there is the official Kodi add-on that goes by the name of iPlayer WWW.

The BBC itself has developed this Kodi add-on.

There is also the example of the NBC Live Extra Kodi addon.

And the NBC has developed that addon.

In other words, these content networks don’t have any objections to Kodi users streaming content from their Kodi add-ons.

And since they are the owners of the content available on these networks, there is nothing wrong with Kodi users streaming content from them.

However, again, online consumers who fail to make this very important differentiation and continue to streaming content that is premium and copyrighted without permission from creators of the content such as TV shows and movies, usually find themselves doing something that is unlawful.

On that note, this is also the reason why Kodi users should always have a Kodi VPN handy so that they are able to hide their online activity.

What are Kodi skins?

Kodi skins are exactly what they sound like.

They provide Kodi with different interfaces pretty similar to how clothes work on humans.

Kodi skins are perfectly legal and are available inside the main Kodi app.

Any and all Kodi skins have different wallpapers, icon placements, icon styles, templates, designs, and set of working features.

We are currently preparing a handy guide for users looking for best Kodi skins.

Kodi FAQ (Frequently Asked (and answered) Questions)

Is the Terrarium TV legal in US?

Our research on this matter shows that Terrarium TV is currently not available for Kodi at the moment.

It is only available for Amazon FireStick at the moment.

However, it is a pretty good streaming service since it has Live TV channels from each and every country that an online consumer would be interested in.

Of course, the problem with Terrarium TV is the same as with Kodi.

In other words, it too shows video content that is copyrighted.

Because of that, we are of the opinion that Terrarium TV is not legal in countries such as the US.

As far as having an anonymous online identity and hiding one’s internet activity is concerned, users can still make use of a VPN service though.

Am I breaking some law by streaming movies online?


Our research shows that generally speaking it is not illegal to watch movies one the internet online.

There are tons of online streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, HBO and many others that are offerings tons of TV series and movies online.

However, readers should understand that it is still prohibited to watch TV series and movies online without paying the proper dues.

Is a TV box legal?

Our research shows that it is.

Why do we think that it is perfectly legal to make use of a TV box?

Well, it is legal if it does not have any unofficial Kodi add-ons on it.

Some of these TV boxes come with pre-installed unofficial Kodi add-ons and those cause problems.

That is also the reason why recommend that users should never purchase a Kodi box that is fully-loaded if they want to stay away from legal trouble.

In fact, what users should do is that they should get a TV box and then install Kodi on it and then install Kodi add-ons on their own.

Is Kodi legal in places such as the US?

Unlike Terrarium TV, Kodi is legal.

In fact, it is perfectly legal to use in almost all countries.

And those countries include the US.

However, what users need to understand here is that Kodi is a well-reputed and open source and also free media player which allows independent and third-party add-on developers to come up with unofficial Kodi add-ons.

They may not be legal.

However, on its own, Kodi is as legal a software as any.

Is it safe to install and use Kodi app?

Yes, it is.

Why wouldn’t it be?

However, users have to make sure that they stay away from unofficial Kodi addons as much as possible.

Instead of doing that, users should stick to official Kodi add-ons.

And if Kodi users do not want to compromise their online security and privacy after installing various third-party Kodi add-ons then they should use a VPN service.

A VPN service protects the user’s online activity to the fullest extent and doesn’t break the bank either.

Is a jailbroken Amaon fire stick legal?

In fact, it is perfectly legal to make use of the jailbreak version of the FireStick device.

The majority of the Kodi users that we have come across are not against installing Kodi on Amazon FireStick devices.

But what they need to understand is that once they install Kodi on their Amazon FireStick, they have more or less jailbroken their FireStick device.

Again, in the end, it would depend on how the user makes use of the software.

The jailbreak method and/or process doesn’t have much to do with the legal side of things.

Is Kodi available on streaming boxes  Roku?

Currently, there is no way to install Kodi on Roku.

However, there is another method to get Kodi on Roku.

And that one method is mirror screening.

This is the only way that works and gets Kodi working on Roku.

Or, users can simply make use of other streaming and online devices such as various Smart TV boxes in order to get Kodi on Roku.

When Roku does introduce Kodi to its platform, we will update this guide and any other guide written on how to install Kodi on Roku.

Is it illegal to watch movies on the internet online for free?


But the user first has to make sure that the owner of the movie has actually given all the required rights to viewers who might want to watch it online for free.

If that is really the case, then we don’t see any problems in the user watching online movies for free.

Otherwise, the act of viewing any copyrighted material either online or offline without paying anything is prohibited in a lot of countries.

Is XBMC legal?

As mentioned before as well, Kodi’s previous name was XBMC.

So since Kodi is legal, XBMC is legal as well.

Of course, how the user makes use of the Kodi platform is entirely up to the user and hence a different matter altogether.

We have already indicated that Kodi is a free software application which is open source.

In other words, users can install Kodi and then install official Kodi add-ons along with unofficial Kodi add-ons.

Readers should have clarity on the fact that Kodi actually does not take any responsibility for any and all unofficial Kodi add-ons.

Conclusion: Is Kodi Legal?

There are many misconceptions prevailing against the Kodi platform.

However, Kodi on its own is not responsible for any type of copyright infringement.

It does not condone piracy though.

The same can’t be said for third-party independent Kodi add-ons.

As far as legal issues go, Kodi is legal.

But only when in its original and unaltered state.

Any Kodi user has the option of installing various different purpose-specific Kodi add-ons which come from unofficial sources in order to watch different TV shows and Movies.

We hope that this guide has helped users to know everything they need to know about whether Kodi is legal or not.

As mentioned at the top as well, in order to make oneself safe and sound on Kodi, the user has to make use of a VPN service.

The VPN service that we recommend for this job is IPVanish.

IPVanish is perhaps the only VPN service that works with all Kodi add-ons.

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Zohair A. Zohair is currently a content crafter at Security Gladiators and has been involved in the technology industry for more than a decade. He is an engineer by training and, naturally, likes to help people solve their tech related problems. When he is not writing, he can usually be found practicing his free-kicks in the ground beside his house.
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