French Minister is Calling for a National Blacklist to Block Streaming Piracy

By Tom Pritchard on at

Governments have been tackling torrent-based piracy for years, trying to come up with ways to penalise repeat offenders and stop them downloading content they haven't paid for. These days piracy is less about the torrents and more about the streaming, which makes it a lot harder for anti-piracy types to catch offenders. So they need to get creative, and after France was criticised for seemingly not doing enough to combat piracy┬áMinister of Culture, Fran├žoise Nyssen, wants to tackle the problem with a national blacklist.

Back in the day, France implemented something called the HADOPI law, which was an acronym for words that translated to 'Supreme Authority for the Distribution and Protection of Intellectual Property on the Internet'. The idea was that HADOPI was a graduated response system that would punish people based on how much pirate torrenting they'd been doing - eventually resulting in disconnection from the internet. While the disconnection threat has been revoked in the years since, HADOPI still exists to dish out fines and other punishments to people caught torrenting. But naturally that's going to be a problem is people are using the harder-to-trace streaming instead.

Local media quoted Nyssen as saying, "the Hadopi response is no longer suitable because piracy is now 80% by streaming." So she's calling for authorities to implement a national blacklist to keep popular streaming services offline. That list would be maintained by the Hadopi agency, with intermediaries enforcing the blocks at a localised level. Suggested intermediaries include internet providers, search engines, and advertising networks. That way people won't be able to access the sites without workarounds, search for them through search engines, and even if they do gain access the site might not even get ad revenue to keep itself alive.

This news is no doubt thanks to the film and music industry's criticism of France's seemingly-relaxed approach to piracy, boycotting a reception at the Ministry of Culture and blaming the country's inaction for a billion euros in lost revenue. Because they need to pin the blame on someone, and it's not going to be itself. [TorrentFreak]