Fleur Pellerin, France’s Minister of Culture and Communication, has presented the Government’s strategy on the battle against online piracy.
Going beyond the graduated ‘three strikes’ response of the HADOPI law, the Government is implementing a plan of action against streaming, download or search engine optimisation sites which profit from pirated works, which includes the following measures:
Interdepartmental coordination of the activities of all operational services on issues related to pirated works will be organised. The Ministry of the Interior will assume responsibility of the executive subcommittee of the fight against cybercrime. Monitoring reports on the Pharos platform will also be strengthened.
The Government is also taking action in the fight against illegal financial channels. It will draw on all the tax implications of these activities.
Finally an assessment of the responsibility of certain video sharing platforms that not only host but also provide a role in the distribution of works will be carried out. This assessment will result in reporting illegal content procedures, removal and monitoring, more efficient, simple and accessible to rights holders.
The Government will also ensure that, in the European debate on copyright modernisation, effective solutions for prevention and suppression of piracy are defined, which impact on digital sector players.