France: court seized to block five pornographic sites accessible to minors

The media regulator, Arcom (ex-CSA), has taken legal action to request the blocking of five pornographic sites – Pornhub, Tukif, Xhamster, Xvideos and Xnxx – summoned in vain since December to prevent access by minors to their content, he announced on Tuesday.

We decided to enter“justice because the”formal notices” addressed to these sites have not been followed up, announced the President of Arcom, Roch-Olivier Maistre, on the sidelines of a press conference on the representation of women on television and radio.

The Arcom has “appealed to the president of the Paris court to order the main internet service providers to prevent access“to these sites, developed the instance in a press release.

If justice so decides, the sites of the publishers will no longer be accessible from French territory or via their addresses located on French territory.“, precise the Audiovisual and Digital Communication Regulatory Authority, created in January from the merger of CSA and Hadopi.

Internet users “will then be automatically redirected to an information page explaining“this blocking, is it added.

If necessary, Arcom may also take legal action if “blocked sites are made accessible from other addresses (mirror sites) and remain accessible to minors“.

He may alsoask the judge to order“their dereferencing”by search engines and directories“.

Seized in 2020 by three associations – the Observatory of Parenthood and Digital Education (Open), the National Union of Family Associations (Unaf) and the French Council of Associations for the Rights of the Child (Cofrade) – the CSA had formal notice at the end of 2021 to the publishers of Pornhub, Pornhub, Xhamster, Xnxx and Xvideosto comply with the legal obligation” to block minors’ access to their content, within 15 days.

The penal code prohibits exposing minors to pornographic photos and videos and the law on domestic violence of July 30, 2020 specifies that the companies concerned cannot exonerate themselves from their responsibilities by simply asking an Internet user if he is major.

Pornhub and Xhamster, based in Cyprus, are owned by porn giant MindGeek, which also owns YouPorn, which is legally domiciled in Luxembourg. Xvideos and Xnxx are installed in the Czech Republic and Tukif in Portugal.

At the end of December, Porndig had counter-attacked by seizing the CSA, considering it unfair that other sites, like YouPorn, were not targeted.

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