The European Commission has published a new list of resources that promote and benefit from piracy. It includes resources located outside the EU. For the first time, Telegram appears on VKontakte in the report.
The list is based on reports from copyright groups.
While the EC does not draw any legal conclusions from the report, the list may prompt operators and foreign governments to take action to curb IPR infringements and the spread of malware. For the companies included in the report, this should be a signal for more active steps in the fight against pirated content.
The 56-page document includes old resources such as The Pirate Bay, Rapidgator, SciHub and Y2mate, as well as some new sites.
This year, a new category has been added to the report — social networks. While the list is limited to VK.com and Telegram. Both companies objected to their listing. Telegram informed the EC that it promptly removes content that violates the laws within 24 hours. VKontakte also detailed its anti-piracy policy.
But Cloudflare has successfully dealt with accusations of piracy. In the previous list, the service was flagged as problematic. But while Cloudflare hasn’t changed its policy in a year, the EC has removed it from the list. The company had previously notified the commission that it was sharing the IP addresses of pirated sites with trusted notifiers.
This is how the new EC list looks like:
- uploaded.net (ul.to, uploaded.to)
- Wi.to and Ddl.to
- y2mate.com and youtubeconverter.io
- Flvto.biz and 2conv.com
- Fullhdfilmizlesene.com or .org
- Music-Bazaar.com and Music-Bazaar.mobi
- Sci-hub.tw; sci-hub.cc; sci-hub.ac; sci-hub.bz; sci-hub.ren; sci-hub-im; scihub.shop
- Libgen.is and mirror sites
- Popcorn time
- Private layer
This summer, the Association for the Protection of Copyright on the Internet (AZAPI), which represents the interests of major Russian book publishers, complained to the European Commission about Google. The copyright holders claimed that the company was abusing its dominant market position and ignoring requests to remove programs that allow «massive copyright infringement» on e-books. Telegram was also mentioned in the letter.
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