Roku Opens Up About Its Anti-Piracy Efforts




Roku has recently been cracking down on a growing list of “private” Roku channels that it says offer pirated content. The most recent major takedown was XTV, a private channel that quickly reappeared as XTV2.

Now Roku has added something new to its takedowns—an FBI logo and piracy warning—which raised a lot of questions as to whether the FBI or Roku took XTV down.

Many companies use the FBI logo and warning on their takedowns even if the FBI did not perform the takedown. The FBI supports this as long as certain standards are met. It looks like that is what has happened here.

Now Roku has issued the following statement to TorrentFreak about the XTV takedown:

“We want to send a clear message to Roku customers and to publishers that any publication of pirated content on our platform is a violation of law and our platform rules,” the company says.

“We have recently expanded the messaging that we display to customers that install non-certified channels to alert them to the associated risks, and we display the FBI’s publicly available warning when we remove channels for copyright violations.”

From the statement it seems clear that Roku has decided that it has little time for piracy on its devices.

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