Google Removes Hundreds of Domains to Aid French Sports Piracy Crackdown
In January 2022, rightsholders began utilizing a new site-blocking law introduced by France, specifically targeted at live sports streaming piracy. In the following months, Internet providers were ordered to block hundreds of domain names. Positive results of the new legislation are already being reported and with Google offering a helping hand, the crackdown has serious momentum.
At the start of this year, a French bill went into effect that sanctioned the formation of 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).
Along with this organizational change, Arcom received new anti-piracy powers. It can swiftly order online services to take down unlicensed streams of live sporting events, for example.
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