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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Russian Government Changed Its Mind

Russian Government Changed Its Mind

Russian Government Changed Its Mind

Added: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extratorrent.com
The Russian government decided to try and avoid the disastrous effects of misdirected copyright enforcement like it happened with the United States, while at the same time keeping piracy at bay. As such, the authorities have announced they would adopt a different approach.

At the moment, governments from all over the world are trying to fight digital piracy, either by dragging thousands of suspected copyright infringers into mass lawsuits or by pursuing the source – file-sharing portals. The problem is that neither of these methods worked – instead, their efforts only increased the popularity of such services, while doing nothing to stop piracy from spreading. As a result, a regime known as graduated response system was enforced in many countries. However, the governments failed to find a better solution – for example, launching more places on the Internet where people can purchase legal content. The authorities usually can’t understand that there is a vital difference between “hardcore pirates” and the ordinary BitTorrent users and therefore fail to suggest improved copyright legislation which wouldn’t undermine people’s freedom of speech and human rights. Although for the government it would be enough to educate the regular Internet users about copyright law, this isn’t enough for copyright owners, who are never tired of targeting file-sharers by the hundreds of thousands.

Vladimir Grigoryev, a head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, announced that they aren’t going to hold Internet users responsible for downloading as the United States does, and won’t bring owners of PCs to court. But this doesn’t mean that piracy will thrive in Russia. The authorities are determined to impose stricter rules regarding portals facilitating copyright violation. In other words, the owners of pirate websites will be hold liable for infringement, not end users. As for the users, they will soon be the subjects of educational programs, just as their American fellows.

Thus far, there are no details about the campaign, but Russian authorities seem to be confident. The experts doubt that the country’s entertainment industry, which is known for sending complaints about VKontakte (InTouch) and AllofMP3 clones for a while now, will be satisfied once such campaigns kick in.

April 23rd,2013

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Date:  Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by Trusted UploaderSuperman (2013-04-23 16:32:00)
paavan2064 avatareducational programs?wat kind?
Does it mean that many ppl dont know that there are legitimate ways of getting the content they want..and thats why they go for the "free" stuff?

posted by (2013-04-23 20:44:51)
Ray186 avatarWhat were they going to do? Put everyone in jail

posted by (2013-04-23 22:04:09)
Guardianofsun avatar@paavan As u aware in India there re lots of people who goes to a locale shop to buy legal stuffs, but as soon as the shoper knows the person doesn't know he gives him the pirated stuff in cheap saying tht its on sale.I think the same is the case in russia...this may be tackled by educational programs

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-04-23 23:49:54)
Embolism avatarwell at least one good thing the end users will not get persecuted to the tune of 100,000`s for downloading a few films or music etc,but the downside is that they will be clamping down on torrent portals so cutting out the source (or so they think).It will come to site closures eventually but then their will be anonymous torrent boards over I2P or IRC or other protocols,some programs may have an updatable database of torrents updated through feeds there will always be a workaround as has been demonstrated with the pirate bay over the years and others,the digital revolution is here to stay comrades. (:^D)

posted by (2013-04-28 11:45:40)
No avatar"Educational programmes" in Russia traditionally meant being sent to a Siberian prison camp. But harsh for a couple of films.

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