Court Orders Cloudflare’s DNS Resolver 220.127.116.11 to Block Pirate Sites in Italy
An Italian court has ordered Cloudflare to block three torrent sites on its public DNS resolver 18.104.22.168. The anti-piracy measures were requested by local music industry group FIMI and anti-piracy group FPM. This is the first time that Cloudflare DNS must block pirate sites and, with this injunction in hand, Google and OpenDNS could be next.
Popular Internet infrastructure company Cloudflare has come under a lot of pressure from copyright holders in recent years.
The company offers its services to millions of sites, including multinationals, and governments, but also some of the world’s leading pirate sites.
Rightsholders are unhappy with the latter and some have even accused Cloudflare of facilitating copyright infringement by continuing to provide access to illicit platforms. In Italy, these complaints have been followed by legal action from key music industry players, resulting in injunctions that require Cloudflare to block several pirate sites operated by its customers.
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