30th March 2023

Comment from IFPI on the Court of Milan’s decision to uphold its order against CloudFlare

March 30, 2023 – “We welcome the decision today from the Court of Milan which confirmed that CloudFlare is obliged to cease providing access to three copyright infringing sites and any additional ‘mirror sites’ via its public DNS service.  In doing so the Court of Milan has set an important precedent that online intermediaries can be required to take effective action if their services are used for music piracy.” 

Notes to editors:  

In July 2022 the Court of Milan issued an interim injunction ordering Cloudflare to stop providing services for users to access three copyright infringing BitTorrent sites that Italy’s regulator, AGCOM, previously ordered to be blocked online. 

In November last year, the Court of Milan dismissed an appeal by CloudFlare against the injunction.  

In its most recent judgment, the Court of Milan dismissed an additional application filed by Cloudflare to clarify the technical implementation of the order. The court held that CloudFlare’s motion was outside the scope of enforcement proceedings as it addressed issues which had already been considered in the injunction proceedings. The court also noted that Cloudflare can block websites via its public DNS service as it adopts similar measures for example in connection with other illegal or harmful content.

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