End of Online Anonymity —  The New Plan to Take Down Pirating Sites

End of Online Anonymity — The New Plan to Take Down Pirating Sites

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One of the main problems faced by anti-piracy companies and their partners is the entertainment industry is the anonymity of torrent sites.

For this reason, dozens of major anti-piracy groups are pressuring the European Commission to step up checks on the traceability of pirated sites as part of a planned EU Digital Services Act. Stakeholders want guarantees that pirating sites will not be able to be deleted from one host to appear seamlessly on another.

In many cases, domain companies, hosts, and other providers that allow pirated sites to stay online do not perform proper checks when platforms register as a service, and as a result, the location of their servers becomes difficult.

As reported last summer by representatives of Europol and MPA, piracy is on the rise. But along with sharing data on illegal content downloads, the KYBC portal was also introduced, which could deal with pirated sites.

“This portal allows us to develop an approach to combat anonymity on the web. It is now a constant for those who work illegally and earn by unauthorized use of audiovisual works presented as storage information on a hosting site,” says the anti-piracy group FAPAV.

Last September, a large group of anti-piracy organizations and copyright holders, including the MPA, BREIN, BPI, IFPI and Rights Alliance, stepped up pressure on the European Commission to demand tougher online identity checks for people who maintain domains as part of a planned law for digital services.

Increasing pressure on the European Commission to tackle the problem, dozens of organizations representing the rights of the entertainment, publishing, advertising, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and electronics industries now have their own dedicated lobbying portal, KYBC.

The companies published an open letter asking the EC to extend its current scope to piracy under the Digital Services Act.

Businesses cannot go online without a domain name, without being hosted, or without advertising or payment service contracts presented. Therefore, these “intermediary services” directly related to the business must ensure access to their services and domain. “, writes in their letter.

Earlier this month, 275 participants, including law enforcement officials in 43 different countries, discussed how piracy could be stopped through Interpol hosting. According to experts and users, they can help take down pirating sites by providing information about their operations on the site.

This would break the enigmatic nature of torrent sites, and once their anonymity evaporates, the servers will be easily removed. But for now, without a specific global policy in this direction, all proposals remain at the level of theory.

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