ICANN refuses to take steps against pirate websites

The latest copyright lobby groups have forced the DNS oversight body ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to make a move against pirate websites. But the association is not affected with these calls and wants them to quit, making it clear that ICANN is not an online piracy police.

From last couple of year copyright holders have requested concrete anti-piracy actions from internet service providers, payment processors and search engines, with fluctuating results. Proceeding with this trend, different entertainment sector groups are currently following associations that control and offer DNS services.

The most compelling association in this industry is actuality ICANN, the fundamental oversight company for the cyber space worldwide DNS. In addition to other things, ICANN creates approaches for licensed registrars to avoid abuse and unlawful use of domains. Still, different copyright groups accept that the association isn’t doing what’s needed.

Lately the MPAA, RIAA and other copyright sector groups have urged the association to fortify its anti-piracy approaches.

On the other hand, ICANN is not willing to tackle the part of piracy police. In the beginning of this week Fadi Chehadé president of ICANN noticed that “everyone” is requesting the association for the internet piracy police, which is a trend they would like to change.

Standing up on the issue initially, Allen Grogan the Chief Contract Compliance officer of ICANN accentuates that ICANN is not gonna police the Internet to secure copyright holders. Allen Grogan said in a statement to Torrent Freak, “ICANN has no role in policing content – it’s entirely out of our scope.”

He adds, “Our mission is to coordinate, at the overall level, the global Internet’s systems of unique identifiers, and in particular, to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet’s unique identifiers.” While different copyright lobby groups propose that ICANN has the capacity and power to make a move against pirate websites, the association itself opposes this idea.

Grogan says, “ICANN was never granted, nor was it ever intended that ICANN be granted, the authority to act as a regulator of Internet content. It’s important people understand this and direct their content complaints to the institutions that are already in place to handle these issues, such as law enforcement, regulatory agencies and judicial systems.”

As opposed to letting the domain name sector choose what is permitted and what is not, the holders of copyright ought to battle their fights in court. As per ICANN, there are adequate intends to tackle encroaching websites through different places. ICANN’s remarks will be a disappointment to the RIAA and MPAA, who might have favored a simple approach to focus on the domain names of piracy websites. Until further notice, their best choice is to experience the courts, something we are seeing more frequently nowadays.

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ICANN refuses to take steps against pirate websites

by Stella Strouvali time to read: 2 min
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