European Commission Calls for Pirate Site Blocking Around the Globe
The European Commission has published its biannual list of foreign countries with problematic copyright policies. One of the highlighted issues is a lack of pirate site blocking, which is seen as an effective enforcement measure. Interestingly, the EU doesn’t mention the United States, which is arguably the most significant country yet to implement an effective site-blocking regime.
In recent years, website blocking has become one of the most widely-used anti-piracy enforcement mechanisms in the world.
ISPs in several dozen countries prevent subscribers from accessing a variety of ‘pirate’ sites, either through court processes or as part of government-backed administrative blocking regimes.
Europe has been at the forefront of this blocking wave. The first case was launched in Denmark and dates back to 2006. In the years since, similar measures were taken in other EU countries, with the ultimate approval of the European Union’s highest court.
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