Court Upholds Piracy Blocking Order Against Cloudflare’s 188.8.131.52 DNS Resolver
The Court of Rome has confirmed that Cloudflare must block three torrent sites through its public 184.108.40.206 DNS resolver. The blockade was requested by several major record labels and arrives after Italy’s telecoms regulator ordered local ISPs to block the sites. Cloudflare is not pleased with the order and previously noted that such broad measures set a dangerous precedent.
Website blocking has become an increasingly common anti-piracy tool around the globe.
In dozens of countries, ISPs have been ordered by courts to block pirate sites, usually on copyright grounds. More recently, neutral DNS providers have been targeted as well.
Earlier this year, an Italian court ordered Cloudflare to block three torrent sites on its public 220.127.116.11 DNS resolver. The order applies to kickasstorrents.to, limetorrents.pro, and ilcorsaronero.pro, three domains that are already blocked by ISPs in Italy following an order from local regulator AGCOM.
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