Presented by the government in April, the bill relating to the regulation and protection of access to cultural works in the digital age has just been definitively adopted by Parliament after a vote Wednesday in the National Assembly.
This text provides for the creation of a new regulator. Arcom (Audiovisual and Digital Communication Regulatory Authority) will be a merger between Hadopi (High Authority for the dissemination of works and the protection of rights on the Internet) and the CSA (Superior Audiovisual Council).
On January 1 100, the Hadopi will be dissolved and the CSA will take the name of Arcom. However, this is not the end of the famous graduated response to the fight against piracy and which focuses on illegal P2P downloads.
After the graduated response
The text targets the fight against streaming, direct download or referencing sites which allow the making available of works in violation of respect for the rights of creators. It is no longer the users who are particularly targeted, but the sites profiting commercially from counterfeiting.
The measures provide for a mechanism of public blacklists for the characterization of pirate sites and with the action of intermediaries such as online advertising players and search engines, an improvement in the fight against mirror sites to prevent the reappearance of sites after the closure of the main illegal site by court order.
The creation of a summary procedure specifically concerns the fight against the pirating of broadcasts of live sporting events.
“ This ambitious text aims to improve the protection of the rights of authors, artists, producers, broadcasters and sports federations, by strengthening the fight against piracy. The loss of value due to this practice is immense, in the order of 1.3 billion euros per year “, declared the Minister of Culture. Roselyne. Bachelot added that “ the confinement periods have encouraged a new surge in the illicit consumption of content. ”
Apart from the fight against piracy, Arcom will also be competent in the field of audiovisual and digital content in terms of the protection of minors, the fight against disinformation and hatred online.