Google touts progress in fight against piracy

Times of Oman - - WORLD -

SAN

FRAN­CISCO: United States Google said Wed­nes­day it is mak­ing strides in help­ing In­ter­net users le­git­i­mately get songs, films and apps while chok­ing off rev­enue to web­sites with stolen dig­i­tal con­tent.

A 64-page re­port re­leased by Google claimed progress in the war on piracy, but also noted a new bat­tle­front in the form of “ad­don” soft­ware that can be in­stalled on le­git­i­mate open-source me­dia play­ers such as the Kodi box to il­lic­itly stream copy­righted con­tent.

“Com­bat­ing il­le­gal stream­ing on open-source me­dia play­ers like the Kodi box shows both the chal­lenge and the im­por­tance of a bal­anced ap­proach in the fight against piracy,” Google said in the re­port.

“Pi­rates have cre­ated add-ons to en­able Kodi boxes to ac­cess in­fring­ing works.”

Set-top boxes with sus­pi­cious add-ons are re­moved from Google Shop­ping, while apps with pre­in­stalled “Kodi add-ons” giv­ing ac­cess to pi­rate sites are re­moved from the Play Store, ac­cord­ing to the in­ter­net firm.

The re­port cited a 2018 global study re­leased by The In­sti­tute for In­for­ma­tion Law that found the per­cent­age of in­ter­net users who en­gage in piracy has been fall­ing, while spend­ing on le­gal con­tent is ris­ing.

“Suc­cess­fully de­creas­ing in­ci­dents of copy­right in­fringe­ment has re­quired pro­vid­ing more and bet­ter le­git­i­mate al­ter­na­tives to in­fring­ing con­tent, as well as more ef­fec­tive tools for com­bat­ing piracy,” Google said.

Google boasted that it has been gen­er­at­ing more money for those who cre­ate or own dig­i­tal con­tent while strength­en­ing its arse­nal and ef­forts to fight piracy.

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