CreativeFuture: Plex, a “Kodi” for torrent-based piracy

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One of the earliest ways to get a supply of media content – and hence, one of the earliest forms of digital media piracy – was through illegal file downloading.  And with the coronavirus pandemic upon us, old pirate download sites like Popcorn Time that were once left for dead have returned.

One way to play all those downloaded files (as well as your legal ones) from one place in your home – think “shared iTunes” – is by setting up a home media center using a network-attached storage (NAS) device.

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CreativeFuture draws our attention to Plex, an open-source media center.  Plex provides a user experience that helps organize and view your media files, and then stream it to any device.  Like most streaming boxes and similar to the media player software Kodi, Plex is legal in itself but it can play host to streaming and torrenting apps from pirate sources.

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Why it matters

CreativeFuture notes that Plex has a privacy policy that keeps its developers from capturing data about the content that users place on Plex home media centers – and when Plex tried to discontinue allowing users to opt out of data collection, users went into an uproar.  So Plex avoids the issue.

Another note

Piracy Monitor is delighted to host articles by CreativeFuture that relate to piracy of video and associated advertising content, and will be adding new articles as they are published by CreativeFuture.  CreativeFuture is an important advocacy organization that focuses on the intellectual property rights of creative professionals.

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