Court orders Cloudflare to make it impossible to connect to pirated sites from public DNS resolver ''

An Italian court has ordered Cloudflare's public DNS resolver to block access to three pirated sites. Cloudflare had filed an appeal, but the appeal was dismissed and the judgment was finalized.

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Cloudflare serves not only governments and corporations, but also some of the world's leading pirate sites. Cloudflare's position is that it is a neutral third-party service that only caches or transfers content, but it is a very dissatisfying claim for copyright holders whose rights are infringed by pirated copies. , There have been a number of lawsuits demanding measures to prevent access to pirated sites.

Cloudflare's counterargument significantly revised the content of the order prohibiting extensive connection to pirated sites - GIGAZINE

The lawsuit was raised by the Italian Music Industry Association (FIMI) and the anti-piracy group FPM, alleging that the public DNS resolver `` '' operated by Cloudflare is helping to access pirated copies.

The Milan court accepted the plaintiff's claim and issued a preliminary injunction requesting Cloudflare to block access to three torrent sites:,, and In Italy, the Communication Assurance Organization (AGCOM), which has jurisdiction over communication regulations, has issued an order to the ISP, blocking access to the relevant site.

Although Cloudflare accepted blocking access to the website, it objected that interference with DNS resolvers would affect all users, not just in Italy, but all over the world. It had appealed to the Court of Appeal, stating that the subject matter was not within the jurisdiction of the Italian courts.

The Court of Appeal has now dismissed Cloudflare's appeal and upheld the injunction issued by the Court of Milan.

Enzo Mazza, CEO of FIMI, said, 'This is an important decision not only for Italy but also for the world. Cloudflare and other providers of similar services are working to prevent users from accessing illegal sites that have been ordered to block. We need to step up our efforts,” he commented.

Frances Moore, CEO of the International Federation of Record and Video Producers (IFPI), also said, 'The Milan courts are important because they are required to take effective action when online intermediaries use their services to infringe music piracy. We have set a precedent,” he praised the ruling.

This is the first time Cloudflare has been ordered to block a pirated site through ''.

By the way, in Germany, the DNS provider Quad9 has received a similar injunction from the court, but the trial is on appeal at the time of writing.

in Web Service, Posted by logc_nt