Regulatory body issues first report aimed at curbing the streaming and downloading of copyrighted content.
PARIS: Already home to some of the strictest anti-piracy laws for users, France’s Internet Authority (HADOPI) has issued a new report examining ways to curb usage of streaming and direct download sites.
The authority suggests the implementation of content recognition by site owners, including digital fingerprinting technology. These systems could be used to remove content upon the request of copyright holders, similar to YouTube or DailyMotion, or restrict user access based on location.
If site operators are unwilling to add these mechanisms or if illegal content reappears on the site, the report suggests initial steps such as search engine de-listings. If sites fail to comply with the warnings, HADOPI suggests it could also resort to involving the the courts in order to seize or permanently block the domains.
The agency would also seek to target the finances of any sites subject to the copyright alerts, taking steps to block PayPal accounts, the use of credit cards and third party advertising. Again looking to the courts, HADOPI suggests that if financial partners refused to cooperate, it would seek legal action.
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The HADOPI report will be reviewed further before the agency decides on any action.