Paris court orders telcos, search engines to block 16 video steaming sites

2 Dec 2013

A Paris civil court has ordered a number of search engines, including Google, Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing, alongside all French internet service providers (ISPs), to block sixteen websites that stream copyrighted content. Reuters reports that back in 2011 five unions representing film and TV producers requested that access to, and other similar sites should be blocked, as they were ‘entirely or nearly entirely dedicated to copying audiovisual productions without the consent of their authors.’

On 28 November 2013, the French court ruled that the websites break the country’s intellectual property laws, and access should be blocked; however, the court stopped short of providing guidance how the decision should be executed. Further, the ruling can be appealed by the companies affected. Google, one of four search engines targeted by the lawsuit, said it was disappointed and would evaluate whether to appeal, adding: ‘We will continue to work with content owners to help them combat piracy across Google’s services.’ Orange France, the country’s largest internet service provider (ISP), said it would apply the decision despite concerns on ‘policing the internet.’ The operator, however, pointed out: ‘We remain convinced that the only real effective solution against piracy is the development of attractive legal services for consumers.’

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