Google removes Kodi from search autocomplete

Google has removed the word “Kodi” from the autocomplete tool of its search engine, TorrentFreak reported. Now, users will have to type out the full term to get information about the software, which is used to access illegal content.
Kodi is a legal open source software that supports several third-party add-ons that give access to pirated content. According to TorrentFreak, when a user type “kod”, the word “Kodi” does not appear and instead Google offers other suggestions (like “Kodak” and “Kodiak”).
“Since 2011, we have been filtering certain terms closely associated with copyright infringement from Google Autocomplete. This action is consistent with that long-standing strategy,” a spokesperson told TorrentFreak.
In turn, Kodi Team, which is operated the XBMC Foundation, said it was “disappointed with the decision. “We are surprised and disappointed to discover Kodi has been removed from autocomplete, as Kodi is perfectly legal open source software,” said XBMC Foundation President Nathan Betzen.
“We hope Google will reconsider this decision in the future, or at a minimum limit their removal to search terms where the legality is actually in dispute,” he added.
Piracy will be one of the main topics that will be addressed, through a special panel, in the next edition of NexTV Series Argentina, the leading event organized by Dataxis, to be held on May 16 and 17 in Buenos Aires