Officially speaking, Kodi is an open source media player that makes it easier for people to manage and play their locally hosted media content. When users add movies to their Kodi library, they are automatically matched with the appropriate artwork, movie posters, cast listings, and descriptions. This information is retrieved from online databases like The Movie DB (commonly known as TMDB) which index all kinds of “meta-data” relating to movies.
Until recently, TMDB and Kodi worked together without hiccup. That is until the big bad MPAA decided to bring down the hammer and pressure TMDB into revoking official API keys belonging to Kodi. This means that Kodi users will now have to register for their own API keys in order to continue scraping this useful content into their Kodi libraries. This is quite disturbing, since Kodi officially has absolutely nothing to do with illicit use, nor does TMDB. Suddenly downloading movie posters and descriptions has disturbed the MPAA, where does it end?
Those who would like to register their own TMDB API keys can do so by visiting their site.