11:27 11 April 2017
Amazon has blocked sales of Kodi and other media players that allow users to access copyright-protected materials for free. The online retailer joins production companies and sport leagues that have been trying to crack down on the sale of such devices.
Kodi is a legal software but it can be used with third-party add-ons that allow users to access pirated content. In the UK, it is estimated that more than 20 million devices currently run Kodi software.
In a statement, Amazon said: “Products offered for sale on Amazon should not promote, suggest the facilitation of, or actively enable the infringement of or unauthorised access to digital media or other protected content,”
“Any streaming media player or other device that violates this policy is prohibited from sale on Amazon.”
“It is your responsibility to source and sell products that do no promote, promise the facilitation of, or actively enable the infringement of or unauthorised access to digital media or other protected content.
“If you sell these products, we may immediately suspend or terminate your selling privileges and destroy inventory in our fulfilment centres without reimbursement.
“In addition, if we determine that your account has been used to engage in fraud or other illegal activity, remittances and payments may be withheld or forfeited.”