Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Saturday April 01, 2017

Kodi Domain Seized, or Best April Fools Prank Ever?

As of right now, if you visit Kodi.tv or Kodimediacenter.org you'll see the standard Homeland Security domain seizure message.

With all the news lately surrounding illegal Kodi boxes with piracy software preinstalled either copyright trolls have snared up an innocent project in a domain seizure, or this is one of the best executed April Fools pranks I've seen.

Thanks to user Rezerekted in our forums for pointing this one out.

Update: Entertainmentbox.com seems to think this is a well executed April Fool's prank based on looking at how the images are hosted. We can neither confirm nor deny this at this point, but their reasoning seems sound.

Update 2: It turns out Entertainmentbox.com was right. Not only was this a well executed prank, but they were also right about the site being in maintenance mode. Kodi.tv needed to go down for maintenance and a site upgrade, and took the opportunity to have a little April Fool's fun, and at the same time draw attention to "a constant tidal wave of piracy boxes, trademark infringements and erroneous (or outright misleading) news reports." You can read more about it in their news post.

News Image

However, despite the "seized-and-offline" gag, there's a serious message here. It is genuinely true that we're facing a constant tidal wave of piracy boxes, trademark infringements and erroneous (or outright misleading) news reports. Hardly a day goes past without the Kodi brand getting dragged into the mud somewhere, and it is a continuous and thankless task to push back on that across this forum, Facebook, Twitter, and the press.

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