The Motion Picture Association (MPA) announced on Thursday (13) that more than 20,000 piracy sites have been blocked worldwide. The data was presented by Karyn Temple, MPA executive, at a panel sponsored by the Washington Legal Foundation. The number of blocks has quintupled in the last three years and is a result of MPA’s work in partnership with internet providers from several countries, including Brazil.
Ironically, the United States did not carry out any blockade at the request of the MPA, which on Tuesday presented a document on pirated websites that pose a threat to the American economy. The reason for this American “absence” is that the country’s legislation is not clear on the responsibility of providers.
MPA shows great effort against piracy
As much as the association, formed by the biggest studios in Hollywood and Netflix, counts on the help of internet providers to carry out the blocks, it is most responsible for the “aggressive” policy against piracy.
On the panel on anti-piracy combat, Temple, executive vice president of the MPA, values the method of blocking access to sites that illegally provide copyrighted content. The executive highlights that, even with the criticisms of the last decade (recalling the protests against SOPA), the strategy did not cause censorship, the end of the internet or “overblocking” — a term in English that refers to the blocking of websites unrelated to piracy.
About overblocking, a parenthesis is needed. As reports the TorrentFreakIn August, Austrian operators followed a court order to block sites that pirated music. Although, ISPs blocked several IPs from unsuspecting websites that used CloudFlare. The overblocking was not intentional, but a mistake by the companies.
In 2019, the MPA blocked, in partnership with internet operators, 4,000 websites in its “war” against piracy. In these three years of efforts and legal disputes, the association quintupled the number of blocked sites, reaching more than 20 thousand pirated vehicles removed. The number of banned domains exceeds 75,000.
Brazil is part of the list of 39 sites on which the MPA, in partnership with internet providers, works to block pirated sites. In North America, Mexico and Canada are also aligned with the association – whose dream is to have the United States as an ally.
USA says: it comes from a fork that doesn’t have SOPA today
The reason the United States is not on the MPA’s list of “partners” is easy to understand: the country does not have legislation focused on blocking piracy sites. In 2011, the SOPA proposal was even debated in the American congressbut the massive protests, including from big companies like Googlecaused lawmakers to abandon the idea.
With the absence of a specific law on blocking websites, there is uncertainty about the share of responsibility of internet providers in these cases. However, the results that the MPA has achieved internationally may leave the scenario more favorable for a “new SOPA”.
A first step is Google’s side switch. The company, which in 2011 accused SOPA of being a form of censorship, follows the MPA’s calls to remove piracy sites — even if there is no court ruling on this.
As much as Google’s support is fundamental in this MPA battle, public opinion will be the key factor for the approval of legislation that facilitates the blocking of piracy sites.
With information: TorrentFreak