Feeds

French court: Google, Microsoft en ami must say 'au revoir' to pirates

Yet another attempt to block allostreaming and pals

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! have been told by France's High Court to prevent netizens from using their portals to search for 16 video-streaming websites.

A number of French ISPs were also told to block access to sites such as allostreaming and Fifostream over their networks.

As ever, such action will not outright stop users from hunting down illegally shared content online, but the court order makes things a tiny bit tougher for naive types in France who aren't aware of simple workarounds.

According to the BBC, intellectual property laws had been violated by the sites for streaming material without seeking permission from the copyright owners.

The court action came after five movie biz groups brought a case against the 16 websites mentioned in the order.

They said in a statement that telcos and ad giants like Google needed to "cooperate with rights-holders in the protection of the law of literary and artistic property on the internet".

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and ISPs including Orange and Bouygues Telecom now have two weeks to comply with the High Court's decision.

Meanwhile, some obscenely rich people actually have no problem with fans searching for and finding illegally shared content containing their own intellectual property.

Comedian Russell Brand - a man with gold-stuffed pockets who sports the handle "@rustyrockets" on Twitter - recently told his millions of followers where to access his latest DVD "for free" by bypassing recent UK-court-imposed blocks on telcos. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators
Democrats needed just TWO more votes to keep alive bill reining in some surveillance
prev story

Whitepapers

Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.