IFPI forces Cloudflare's DNS servers to lock down

The music association IFPI brought Cloudflare to its knees through a court in Milan. Your DNS servers are no longer allowed to connect multiple sites.

The ruling enforced by the IFPI is exemplary. Many right holders could take an example from this, even if it was spoken in Italy and not here. The proceedings against Quad9 as a provider of DNS servers are still ongoing, so the verdict from Milan is the first of its kind.

DNS stands for Domain Name System. The domain (e.g. tarnkappe.info) is converted there by the DNS into the associated IP address in order to connect the surfer to the website that he wants to visit.

IFPI brings Cloudflare to its knees in court

Several Italian record companies are under the IFPI leadership managed to obtain a landmark ruling. This forces Cloudflare to block several pirate sites. Cloudflare’s DNS servers are no longer allowed to connect surfers to multiple illegal providers. The proposals for the bans came from AGCOM, the Italian communications regulator. The blocks have now been enforced by the anti-piracy group FPM and FIMI, the national group of the IFPI network.

Cloudflare’s DNS servers must be no later than 30 Days after the verdict, to prevent connection to the BitTorrent indexers. If Cloudflare does not comply, the IT company faces a daily fine of 10.000 Euro. Looking for new domains will not help. CloudFlare must therefore block all future domains from which these websites are operated.

30. Euro fine daily in case of non-compliance

“We welcome the Court’s decision, which further strengthens the website blocking program implemented by Agcom in Italy, while increasing the effectiveness of the enforcement actions carried out by rightsholders to protect their online content”, commented Enzo Mazza, CEO of the Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana, FIMI for short. He added: “The ruling is important in that it marks the first time that Cloudflare has been recognized as an Internet intermediary previously spared from this lawsuit. In that sense, it is also one of the first applications of the Copyright Directive, which has been in force since November”.

IFPI: Online pirates often use Cloudflare

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CloudFlare is a special topic for him. “It is a monopolist of a switching service that en these Use websites”, Mazza explained to the local press.

“It offers services commonly used by pirates to disguise their hosting provider. Sort of an extra layer of security that protects them from breach reporting activities. In addition, it has a public DNS resolver service ( which the End users use

, to avoid government-imposed restrictions on the Dns services of to bypass connection providers. We can say that alternative dns like service are definitely among the first means used to overcome inhibitions”.

Provider often sits out requests

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“Conversely, CloudFlare did not respond to requests from copyright owners to block such sites. Abut also not by order of the judiciary or the communication authority Agcom. Now she has to do this because a court has ordered her to do so and she will be able to take sanctions against CloudFlare’s Italian company, which is thus taking a great risk.”

CloudFlare has many customers, including legitimate ones, for many services that act as an intermediary between a corporate website and the web host ( whoever is hosting them). For example, security services designed to protect websites from DDoS-type cyber attacks.

“If CloudFlare cooperates, there will be no alternative for these pirate sites to hide from the authorities. Other companies offering similar services, like Ovh, are already working with us”, adds Mazza from the IFPI subsidiary.

Judgment with exemplary character

Since there is still no final verdict in the Causa Quad9, the decision of the IFPI subsidiary is its first Art. Certainly, in Italy and elsewhere, all possible operators of DNS servers will in future be forced to permanently remove infringing websites from their services.

You would then no longer be accessible to normal surfers if the Internet providers blocked your network completely. As a result, the proceeds of the online pirates would fall mercilessly with the page views.


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