Will You Get In Trouble For Using Jailbroken Firestick

Will You Get In Trouble For Using Jailbroken Firestick

Amazon stick is gaining popularity in the entertainment world, but a few people want to go beyond the limits with their Amazon fire stick.

Due to this reason, the demand for Jailbroken fire sticks is also increasing.

However, one question comes to everyone’s mind before purchasing a jailbroken fire stick; Is it legal? This is why this article will explain what a jailbroken fire stick is, its legal status, and how a VPN helps in using a Jailbroken fire stick.

What Is a Jailbroken Firestick?

Jailbreaking means removing restrictions on a device you cannot remove in the default version.

When it comes to Firestick, jailbreaking means having access to those apps and extensions which the amazon stick doesn’t allow you to have.

Jailbroken Fire stick

Is It Legal to Use a Trouble For Using Jailbroken Firestick?

Jailbreaking an amazon fire stick is LEGAL. Yes, you have heard it right. It is legal because, according to the 2018 revised version of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), this comes under “Fair Use.”

Companies have argued in the past to make jailbreaking illegal.

Still, they were unsuccessful simply because, according to law, it’s your personal property, and you can do anything you want.

Legal Status of a Jailbroken Fire stick

Is It Safe to Jailbreak a Firestick?

Though jailbreaking a fire stick is legal, it doesn’t mean it’s safe.

Amazon puts a lot of effort and money into ensuring that the Firestick is safe and secure for its users and that its App Store only contains apps that are also safe and secure.

However, the moment you jailbreak the Amazon stick, its operating system becomes vulnerable.

For example, downloading apps outside the Amazon App Store might contain malware capable of stealing your data.

Is jailbreaking safe for Fire stick

Besides this, the apps outside the Amazon App Store might not be optimized for your Amazon stick, resulting in the Firestick crashing or freezing.

Another major drawback of the Jailbroken amazon firestick is that Amazon releases Updates regularly, especially when security vulnerabilities are found in the software.

In jailbroken Streaming devices, you don’t get these security updates.

Is Streaming Legal on a Jailbroken Firestick? 

Streaming means watching something that isn’t downloaded on your device.

While streaming, you’re using the internet to watch something that exists on some other computer or server, like watching movies, or TV shows on Netflix, Hulu, Live TV apps, or Youtube TV without downloading them.

Streaming

Paying for a streaming service and then using it is legal, but if you’re streaming without paying, it’s a punishable crime.

Streaming can also come under copyright law violation if you’re using it for a public performance, for example, Using copyright content in cinemas to show the content to many people. For this, you might even get caught.

What Are the Criminal Charges

Piracy is like stealing, using someone’s content or service without them knowing.

The criminal penalty against copyright infringement in the US includes monetary and confinement damage and a criminal record.

The maximum penalty for criminal copyright infringement is a $250,000 fine with five years imprisonment.

Criminal charges

Civil Claims / Copyright Infringement

If the content or service owners decide to sue you under Copyright Infringement, the matter will become far more verse.

Since piracy of copyrighted software causes monetary losses to the companies, a civil lawsuit usually requires the infringer to pay for the losses. 

Law Suit

The maximum penalty in a civil lawsuit requires the infringer to pay $150,000 per infringement.

This means that for every content or program copied by the infringers, they may have to pay $150,000. In a case like this, the infringer usually loses millions of dollars.

Protecting Lawful Streaming Act of 2020

The US government is committed to taking legal action against those who profit by illegally streaming content which is why they passed a New Law in 2020( Protecting Lawful Streaming Act of 2020).

This law acts against people who illegally stream copyrighted material for commercial and financial gain.

So it is clear that even if you’re streaming illegal content, it should not be for personal gain.

Is Jailbroken Amazon Fire Stick Traceable?

Though amazon tracks data of the fire sticks, the data doesn’t include your personal information such as your IP address or your Identity.

Even if it can determine your IP address, it is still not enough as it can only tell your estimated geographical location and not the exact area.

Tracing

How to Use VPN on Amazon Fire Stick to Stream Safely

If you already have a Jailbroken Firestick, which you use for streaming, you don’t want to get the surveillance agencies’ attention.

Then it would be best if you tried a VPN (Virtual Private Network). 

A VPN has many servers worldwide, which you can select to change your IP address to browse safely and with privacy. 

Note:

Some internet providers don’t allow downloading  VPNs. In such a case, you can use some other internet source to download it.

Steps to Use VPN on Amazon Fire Stick

  1. Go to Google Play Store and search for VPN in the search bar.
  2. In the search results, you will find plenty of third-party apps for VPNs.
  3. Install the VPN that meets your preferences on your Android TV.
  4. Go to the “search” option on the Fire Stick on the far left, search for the downloaded VPN, and click on it.
  5. With the select button on the Fire TV remote, tap on “download” to download and install the open file.
  6. Open the downloaded VPN and log in with your email and password.
  7. Use the power icon to connect to the nearest VPN server.

Conclusion

While jailbreaking fire stick isn’t illegal, streaming unauthorized content can get you into trouble, especially if you’re gaining any profit from it.

Therefore, even if you’re illegally streaming on your Fire Stick, you must ensure that it’s only for personal use. Still, downloading a VPN and turning it on while you stream is recommended to be on the safe side.