Google has excluded the term "Kodi" from its autocomplete feature, so those searching for information on the set-top box must enter the full term to search for TorrentFreak reported]. Google has stepped up its anti-piracy efforts in recent years by banning the automatic completion of terms and making changes to its search algorithms to downgrade copyright infringing material.
While Kodi is legal software to stream in a set-top box, it supports a variety of third-party add-ons that allow access to pirated content. Last year, Kodi was on the news after five people were arrested for selling fully loaded "Kodi boxes", and shortly thereafter, the European Union Court ruled that the sale of set-top boxes for simple film and television TV piracy is illegal. 1
The Kodi team, run by the XBMC Foundation, is actively trying to distance itself from piracy with Kodi boxes. But while Kodi is legal software, it remains a space that enables piracy, much like platforms like BitTorrent. TorrentFreak notes that BitTorrent was previously removed from Google's autocomplete but later re-enabled.)
"We are surprised and disappointed to learn that Kodi has been removed from autocomplete because Kodi is perfect is legal open source software. " XBMC Foundation President Nathan Betzen said TorrentFreak . Meanwhile, a Google spokesperson TorrentFreak said, "Since 2011, we've been filtering certain terms that are closely related to Google Autocomplete copyright infringement, and this action is in line with this long-standing strategy."