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EU Clampdown On 'Dodgy Boxes' For Streaming Movies And Live Sports

By mariemadden

April 26, 2017 at 3:05pm

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Shops selling 'dodgy boxes' that stream movies and live sport could face prosecution, following a ruling by the European Court Of Justice.

Up until recently, the boxes were not affected by copyright law as they streamed the content rather than downloading it on to the device itself.

However, a new ruling has established that the boxes do infringe on copyright - given that the "main attraction of that player for potential purchasers is the pre-installation of the add-ons concerned"  and the devices is sold "deliberately and in full knowledge...that the purchaser...accesses a free and unauthorised offer of protected works”.

According to The Irish Independent, this could lead to crackdown on those who sell the Android boxes - many of whom opening advertising this streaming ability.

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