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Arcom takes legal action to block 5 porn sites in France

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Pornographic sites Pornhub, Xnxx, Xvidéos, Tukif and xHamster will they be blocked in France? This may well be, now that Arcom (merger of CSA and Hadopi) has decided to take legal action. We are talking about a judicial blocking procedure.

Soon a potential blocking of porn sites in France

As Next Inpact explains, this procedure follows the law against domestic violence and the fact that a line added to article 227-24 of the Penal Code prohibits leaving adult content accessible to minors. The paragraph warns that the offense remains valid even when a minor’s access is limited to “a simple declaration by him indicating that he is at least eighteen years old”.

The problem is therefore there: the five pornographic sites have already been warned in December that the simple fact of asking the Internet user if he is of legal age is not enough to authorize access to photos and videos for adults. Nothing has changed in recent weeks since the formal notice and it is always enough to say that you are of legal age to consult these sites.

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If the judge gives a favorable response to Arcom’s request, then the five pornographic sites will be blocked in France. Any Internet user who visits them will be redirected to an Arcom page explaining the access restriction.

What blocking method?

It remains to be seen what the potential form of blockage will be. Will it be at the DNS level? If so, it will be easy to bypass the block by using alternate DNS. But if it is another method, then a VPN might be needed.

A few weeks ago, Tukif had shared with Arcom the list of nearly 2,000 pornographic sites. Tukif had denounced the anti-competitive effects of the procedure. “It appears discriminatory and disproportionate to see the CSA target only five sites, including TuKif, while sites with substantially higher traffic such as YouPorn have not been subject to any action by the CSA at this stage”could we read.

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