New French report on combating commercial online piracy

On 12 May 2014, Mireille Imbert-Quaretta, the president of the French Rights Protection Commission, presented her report on the tools to fight commercial online piracy to the French Minister of Culture.

The Minister had tasked her in July 2013 with finding appropriate tools to effectively deal with technical and financial intermediaries in order to prevent and combat commercial online piracy. Among the report's proposals are the following:

1. The creation of a "prolonged withdrawal injunction" against pirated content. This would be issued upon a request by the rightholders by an administrative body for a maximum duration of six months.

2. As regards online advertising platforms and payment facilitators, the report advocates self-regulation, i.e., charters of good conduct.

3. The creation of a public information mission regarding sites that systematically violate copyright and the drawing up of a blacklist of such sites.

4. Reinforcing mechanisms to monitor compliance with court decisions against pirate sites.

The full report is available here (in French): Link