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Russian Court Rules to Ban Film-Sharing Sites
23.10.2013 09:12
Russian Court Rules to Ban Film-Sharing Sites

A court in Moscow has ordered the definitive closure of several websites used for downloading movies, as an another action in the recent introduction of a strict anti-piracy law.

      Moscow City Court ruled on Tuesday that and would be subjected to state-imposed blacklisting unless they take down copyrighted content. It particularly includes several Russian television shows and British sitcom “The IT Crowd.”

      Under the anti-piracy law, which came into force in July 2013, film copyright holders that believe their rights have been infringed can seek a court ban on the website sharing their material without first contacting the uploader. The court can then slap a temporary ban on the site as a provisional measure before definitively determining whether any copyrighted material was in fact being shared.

      The anti-piracy law has many critics which say it aimed not so much against distribution of illegal content as against the development of the Internet in Russia.

      A petition calling for the repeal of the legislation in August gathered 100,000 signatures, enough to mandate a government review. However, Russian government currently plans to extend the law in order to cover all kinds of copyrighted content.

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Russian Internet anti-piracy law Internet piracy Russian legislation  

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