Thousands of people using Kodi boxes to stream illegal content in the UK could face up to 10 years in prison, thanks to a controversial new law.
The Digital Economy Bill warns that people making and streaming films using torrents online will be committing a criminal offence.
Amazon previously banned 'fully-loaded' Kodi TV boxes and other pirate devices from its global online store earlier this month.
A policy update from the company stated that anyone selling products that 'promote, facilitate or enable' illegal access to copyrighted TV will now have their accounts suspended.
Temporary files, like those created when media content is streamed, are technically exempt under copyright law.
People selling 'fully loaded' Kodi boxes exploited this legal loophole to provide illegal content.
More than 25,000 adults in 30 countries were surveyed by digital security firm Irdeto.
The software, which is legal, can even be downloaded onto an Amazon Fire stick.
But the court, which is the highest in the EU, found against a Dutch vendor, identified in court papers as Mr Willums, who sold fully loaded boxes over the internet.
And although the court recognised the equipment itself was not illegal, the way he had customised them was.
This is in stark contrast to the 3 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds using a Kodi box to stream pirated content.18-24 year olds are more likely to use smartphones, tablets or laptops to access illegal content.
'In addition, if we determine that your account has been used to engage in fraud or other illegal activity, remittances and payments may be withheld or forfeited.'The new stance came just weeks after the Premier League was granted a court order to crack down on web browsers that facilitate illegal football streaming.
The offence criminalises infringements where money hasn't been paid or there is a 'risk of loss' - which means nearly anything published online without permission could attract a prison sentence.