French court forces Google and French ISPs to block content

written by: Richard Kastelein

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shutterstock 87880246On the basis of a decision that was made ​​November 28, 2013 by the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris, the court has forced all French Internet service providers to take "all appropriate measures to prevent access from French territory" on a number of websites providing Internet users with illegal content streaming and suppliers. But not just ISP's - also search engines must also take "all appropriate measures to prevent their services on the occurrence of any reply and any results" referring to the results pages.

However, this decision concerns only streaming sites, not peer-to-peer platforms such as Bittorrent.

Sites like Alloshowtv, Dpstream, Allostreaming or Fifostream and all associated sites will be blocked. All these measures should be implemented without delay and no later than 15 days after service of the decision and for a period of one year after the implementation of the measures stated in court. Dpstream was visited two million times in September.

This opportunity will provide extremely fast binding decisions against offending companies but still require a court to apply.

The first request for blocking streaming sites was submitted to the courts in December 2011 by the National Federation of Film Distributors, the Union of Publishers of Digital Video (SEVN), the Association of film producers and the Union producers independent and the Union of Film Producers.

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Richard Kastelein
Founder of The Hackfest, publisher of TV App Market and global expert on Media & TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher and futurist. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, University of Cologne, sat on media convergence panel at 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels, and worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Seven Network and others on media convergence strategy - Social TV, OTT, DLNA and 2nd Screen etc.

He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.

Kastelein has spoken (& speaking) on the future of media & TV in Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen (TEDx), Kuala Lumpur, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Rio, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich...

He's been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, Apps World, and judged & AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.

A versatilist & autodidact, his leadership ability, divergent and synthetic thinking skills evolved from sailing the world 24000 miles+ offshore in his 20′s on sailboats under 12m.

He spent 10 years in the Caribbean media & boating industry as a professional sailor before returning to Europe, to Holland.

A Creative Technologist and Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Metis) his career began in the Canadian Native Press and is now a columnist for The Association for International Broadcasting and writes for Wired, The Guardian & Virgin. His writings have been translated into Polish, German and French. 

One of Kastelein's TV formats was optioned by Sony Pictures Television in 2012. 

Currently involved in a number of startups including publishing TV App Market online, The Hackfest and Tripsearch TV. As CSO for Worldticketshop he helped build a $100m company.

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