Google has removed the automatic search using the term "Kodi" from its search engine in order to remedy the piracy associated with the software. Although Kodi itself is not a piracy tool, it has been associated with add-ons that make it easy to find pirated copies, causing the public to connect to illegally uploaded videos and music.
Kodi is perhaps best known as an app loaded on "jailbroken" Fire Stick devices. The app targets certain repositories that provide users with links to third-party destinations where pirated content is hosted and available to the stream. However, the software itself is simply a robust media center alternative to Plex.
After TorrentFreak Google removed Kodi from its autocomplete searches. This is not the first time that Google is targeting piracy, nor is it the first time that related terms have been removed from autocompletion. The company has previously removed terms such as Bittorrent and uTorrent from Search's automatic completion feature.
A spokesperson confirmed the removal of the release and said Kodi filtering was part of Google's "long-standing strategy" to treat "terms closely linked to copyright infringement". "Critics argue that the decision to filter the name only reinforces the misconception that Kodi was designed for piracy rather than simply by some content pirates.