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Netflix and Amazon might be arch rivals, but the two streaming companies have teamed up to take on a bigger foe: piracy.

They're suing the makers of Dragon Box, a streaming device that advised customers to "stop paying for Netflix". Major Hollywood studios were already suing the makers of the box, and now Amazon and Netflix have joined them.

The device offers free access to new films as well as live TV channels, sports, and on-demand shows. It costs $350 (£257) and has around 250,000 customers in the US.

As well as advising against paying for Netflix, the firm boasts that Dragon Box users can "watch movies at home that are still in theatres". Which is asking for trouble.

Kodi software itself is perfectly legal. But because it's open source, it's easily used to watch illegal streams of copyrighted content. Sales of so-called 'fully-loaded' Kodi boxes (i.e. those geared up for watching pirated content) have been banned by all sorts of UK retailers.

There has been a spate of court cases recently involving those caught watching or broadcasting pirated content. Recently, one Scarborough man was fined £5,000 for broadcasting the Joshua vs Klitschko boxing match on Facebook Live.

Source: Variety

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