IPTV: Canal+ wins huge victory against pirates in France

For several years now, French authorities have been asking Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block access to certain pirate sites (IPTV or illegal streaming). Faced with this now well-established strategy, smart Internet users have also adopted a new technique: they use DNS or VPNs to bypass these bans.

Canal+ strikes hard against piracy

Canal+ has in turn understood this maneuver very well and decided to retaliate. Last month, we learned that the French company had sued Cisco, Cloudfare, and Google, three of the main alternative DNS, in order to have several IPTV site addresses that broadcast Formula 1 races illegally removed.

More recently, the Paris High Court asked Google, Cloudflare and Cisco to take action to prevent third-party services from circumventing the blocks. Things are speeding up on this point. As the specialist site has spotted TorrentFreakCisco explained that its OpenDNS service is currently no longer available in France:

As of June 28, 2024: Due to a court decision rendered in France under article L.333-10 of the French Sports Code and a court decision rendered in Portugal under article 210-G(3) of the Portuguese Copyright Code, the OpenDNS service is currently not available to users in France and certain French territories, as well as in Portugal. We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

OpenDNS does not say more about the reasons for this unavailability and whether it is expected to last. For its part, Google also confirmed that it would comply with this legal decision. In any case, this is a great victory for Canal+ which could considerably curb piracy in France.

DNS in the crosshairs in France

We will still be cautious, because pirates have often proven themselves to be clever when it comes to circumvention, and this game of cat and mouse is clearly not about to end.

As a reminder, Arcom recently called for “the involvement of VPN and alternative DNS providers in law enforcement, alongside ISPs”. Which is in line with Canal+’s strategy.

What you must remember :

  • Canal + obtained a legal victory
  • This puts pressure on DNS service providers often used to bypass blocking of pirate sites
  • The war against illegal IPTV is far from won

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