If you’re here, it definitely means two things. First of all, you have purchased an Amazon Fire TV Stick and secondly, you wish to jailbreak FireStick. But you’re worried whether Jailbroken FireStick is illegal and might land you in some kind of legal trouble? Well, you need not worry anymore as you’re at the right place. We will tell you everything that is to know regarding the legal issues pertaining to jailbroken Amazon FireStick.
Note: We don’t encourage to use any software/hardware/service for accessing the illegal content. Please be a good judge of your actions.
Is It Illegal to Jailbreak a FireStick?
Jailbreaking FireStick isn’t some rocket science and any kid with a little technological know-how can easily jailbreak/hack/unlock FireStick. But is jailbroken FireStick illegal? The answer is NO. Jailbreaking or hacking or unlocking your Amazon Fire TV Stick is definitely not illegal. It is purely legal simply because of the fact that it is your personal property. You can enjoy it the way you wish until and unless you’re not interfering with anyone else’s enjoyment of their property or infringing on any national statute.
So you can certainly jailbreak FireStick without getting into legal trouble. You can also install Kodi on FireStick without any troubles. However, there’s a small catch. Once you have installed Kodi along with its add-ons on your jailbroken FireStick, it opens an ocean of free multimedia content on your hacked Amazon Fire TV Stick. You can access thousands of channels and videos which might not be available for free otherwise or might even be blocked in your region.
This is basically the catch. Jailbroken FireStick isn’t strictly illegal, but what you do next is very important. For instance, if you would watch copyrighted content on Kodi, then you definitely might land in trouble. You can get in trouble either with your Government depending upon the Copyright laws of your country or with your ISP. Your ISP might issue a strike against your account for accessing pirated/ illegal content. It might even block or suspend your internet account.
However, you can very easily circumvent this. All you’ve to do is to use some Virtual Private Network (VPN). Now, once again let us tell you that while using VPNs is not completely illegal but it’s strictly not legal as well. You will be very much responsible for the content that you access using that VPN and might be held liable if anything is traced back to you. So, tread very cautiously at your own risk. You can use a VPN to either access content blocked in your geographical region or secure anonymity. I strongly suggest getting only the best VPN for FireStick instead of free options.
How to Use a VPN on FireStick for Safe Streaming
I personally use and recommend ExpressVPN, which is the fastest and most secure VPN. It is Kodi friendly and very easy-to-install on Fire TV / Stick.
So, before you start using your jailbroken FireStick, let’s see how to use ExpressVPN to keep your streaming activities hidden from prying eyes.
Step 1: Get ExpressVPN HERE. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Meaning, you can use it freely for the first 30-days and if you are not satisfied with the performance (which is highly unlikely), you can ask for the full refund.
Step 2: Go to the ‘Search’ option on your Fire TV / Stick. It is on the extreme left. Now search “Expressvpn” (without quotes) in the search bar and open ExpressVPN when it shows up in the search results
Step 3: Click “Download” using ‘Select’ button on FireStick remote. It will download and install the ExpressVPN app on your Fire TV / Stick.
Step 4: Open ExpressVPN app and login with your email and password which you used while buying the ExpressVPN subscription. Click “Sign in”
Step 5: Use the Power icon (see image below) to connect to a VPN server. Now your connection is secure with the fastest and best VPN for FireStick.
You can also read more detailed info on using ExpressVPN with Fire TV / Stick.
So summing things up. Hacking or Jailbreaking Amazon FireStick is not illegal. No one is going to sue you for jailbreaking your FireStick. Installing Kodi or any other such FireStick apps are also not illegal. However, if you access to copyright content using Kodi builds or add-ons, then you can very much land in trouble with your government or your ISP. It is very much like torrenting. While torrents are itself not illegal but pirated and copyrighted content is.
We hope that we made things clear to you. Now you can decide for yourself whether you wish to jailbreak FireStick or not. If you’ve any further queries, feel free to drop your comments below.
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