Russia Moves To Next Stage Against Piracy By Blocking Sites Forever
Russia is known for having soft spot for piracy but now the country is trying to change its repute. A new law is being enforced in Russia that will block the sites which infringe copyrights of content including videos, music, books and software. Moreover, the law will make the sites go down forever once they are blocked.
Russia introduced an intellectual property (IP) law on August 1, 2013 which provided a mechanism to block sites if they fail to respond to rightsholder takedown requests within 72 hours. A year after the law was enforced, 175 sites were affected by this law. Additionally, 12 file-sharing sites were also blocked by Moscow City Court for being unresponsive to takedown requests.
The IP law was initially limited to only video content. Now, Russia has decided to protect more content with this law. The law is being amended to cover music, books, and software as well. Those who are infringing copyrights of content which is in these forms have until May 1, 2015 to respond to requests issued by rights holders.
“Our common goal is to ensure that all work is adequately rewarded and that the benefit from successful books, music and wonderful computer programs is enjoyed by those who created them, and not those who stole them. If [site owners] are not interested in legal business, the response of the state will become quite obvious,” said State Duma Deputy Speaker Sergei Zheleznyak.
He further added that sites that get blocked as a result of violating this law will be blocked “forever.”