A Chromecast connected box presented in San Francisco (image for illustration). – JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

"New forms of piracy" have appeared, warned Google in a report extolling its means to fight against violations
of copyright on the internet. The digital giant, however, finds it effective to cut food at sites offering songs or pirated movies.

AppleTV, Chromecast, Roku … These multimedia boxes have been very successful for several years. They allow access to different channels without going through a cable or satellite and only pay for access to selected content. But some customizable templates, including those using Kodi software, are known to be gateways to pirated content through the addition of illegal mini-software.

Content that infringes copyright

If the Kodi boxes themselves are legal, "the hackers created" add-ons ". These add-ons to software for editing allow Kodi boxes to access content that violates copyright, "says Google. "Fight illegal streaming via open-source multimedia decoders" [dont on peut modifier librement le logiciel], like the Kodi boxes illustrates the challenge and the importance of addressing the fight against piracy in a balanced way, "continues Google.

The group has removed from its Google Shopping price comparator cases sold with pre-installed suspicious add-ons, as well as apps that offer these add-ons from its Play Store app store. According to the group, it is thanks to "more legal alternatives and better quality" and "to more effective tools of fight" that the piracy declines and that the expenses to access the legal contents increase.


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