France is Fighting Piracy and Keeping it Alive at the Same Time
This week, France’s national anti-piracy agency Arcom spoke at the Cannes film festival. The public heard that France is serious about fighting online piracy and that new blocking powers will help to crack down on infringing services. What wasn’t mentioned, is that French law prohibits streaming services from showing recent movies, which arguably keeps piracy relevant at the same time.
At the start of this year, a new bill went into effect in France that created a new regulatory body.
The old HADOPI anti-piracy outfit merged with the Higher Audiovisual Council, creating the Audiovisual and Digital Communication Regulatory Authority (Arcom).
In addition to the organizational change, the anti-piracy outfit was given new powers as well. For example, Arcom maintains a blacklist of problematic sites and mirrors, which various service providers can use to block or delist the associated domains.
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