A man who sold devices containing piracy-enabled custom builds of Kodi has been arrested in the UK. The 32-year-old company director from Norfolk was detained by police last week.
With more and more piracy websites getting blocked in the UK, set-top Android devices loaded with Kodi and third-party addons have become very popular.
When configured in the correct manner, these devices offer a large amount of free content, including live TV, all the latest movies, and much more.
One of these outfits was known online as Oobersticks. The company offered relatively expensive devices containing a custom build of Kodi offering all the usual treats.
On Tuesday morning, last week at around 7:20 am, police in Norfolk arrested a 32-year-old man who was a director of two companies connected with the sales of the devices. Around six officers attended, together with an individual representing Sky TV.
Police were reportedly looking for servers and potentially some kind of datacenter. The source also added that while computers, phones, and other hardware were seized, the haul did not include any Android devices.
With a fraud and copyright infringement investigation underway, the man was eventually freed on police bail until a date in 2017. However, in addition to a police inquiry, he also has other issues to face.
OoberstickÂs owner was served with a cease and desist order from Sky, all of the websites and Facebook pages connected with the company had to be taken down.
According to a local media report, some customers have been successful in getting money back from their banks. The arrested man said that other customers will be refunded in advance of the company going into liquidation. However, with a money laundering investigation underway, that may be more easily said than done.