These days, every time there’s a information story about Kodi, it’s pretty protected to imagine that it’s about copyright infringement. However now Kodi has revealed that it’s dealing with an identical battle of its personal.
In line with a weblog posted posted on the Kodi web site, “trademark trolls” try to capitalize on the Kodi identify by illegitimately claiming the trademark for Kodi in international locations exterior of the US.
Apparently this all began occurring when Kodi modified its identify from XBMC in August 2014, and on condition that nobody had ever tried to do it with the earlier identify, Kodi (self-admittedly) was “caught flatfooted with none actual plan for coping with these trolls and even monitoring their actions.”
Named and shamed
Now Kodi appears to have a plan, that includes immediately name-checking these ‘trolls’. Whereas the weblog publish references plenty of completely different individuals attempting to earn cash off the Kodi identify, there is just one that’s ‘outed’ by identify: Geoff Gavora.
Geoff Gavora is the present trademark proprietor for the Kodi identify in Canada, and has been utilizing this to actively take away competing corporations’ Kodi containers from Amazon. So when you purchase your field from amazon.ca, chances are high you’re serving to to line Gavora’s pockets.
In line with its weblog publish, Gavora had beforehand despatched “a number of letters to the Basis over time, expressing how necessary XBMC and Kodi had been to him and his gross sales…We had hoped, given the optimistic nature of his previous emails, that maybe he was doing this for the good thing about the Basis. We realized, sadly, that this was not the case.”
At current there are not any court-cases lively through which Kodi is attempting to take down these trolls, however it does say “whereas our purpose has at all times been to keep away from going to the courtroom to make sure Kodi stays free in international locations the place trolls are trying to get wealthy off of the Kodi identify, we won’t again down from defending the free, open supply nature of our software program. If that point comes for authorized motion, we hope to have the group’s assist.”