(The Hosting News) – On Monday, the High Court of Paris ordered Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft to block 16 video streaming sites from their search engines. These sites include allostreaming, Fifostream, and dpstream.
This two-year battle was brought on by five groups that represent producers, distributers, and film companies.
The French court found that the sites “broke French intellectual property laws and were almost entirely dedicated to streaming content without the owners’ permission” reported BBC.
BBC’s report continues by stating that the Motion Picture Association (MPA) embraces the court’s decision because search engines have “a responsibility to help users get a high quality viewing experience.”
“Search engines are incredibly skilful, yet they are still leading consumers to illegal money-making sites even when the searcher is seeking legal content online,” stated MPA president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Chris Marcich.
Internet service providers such as Orange and Bouygues Telecom will also have to ensure that users will not be able to access these sites.
The search engine companies were given two weeks by the court to ensure that the video streaming sites are completely blocked.