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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Russian Police Proclaimed War on BitTorrent

Russian Police Proclaimed War on BitTorrent

Russian Police Proclaimed War on BitTorrent

Added: Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
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.extrattorrent.com
A month ago RU-Center, the largest web-hosting provider and domain name registrar in Russia, was ruled to close down the Torrents.ru domain, which is considered national and beloved torrent tracker in the country, with the number of registered users amounting to 4,000,000.

The announced reason for seizing the domain name was a violation of country’s Criminal Code 146 Article, concerning the illicit use of copyright on a large scale.

The reaction of Torrents.ru was very quick – the tracker was restored the same very day with a new domain name, RuTracker.org. The operators tried to do their best in order to make the moving as painless for the users as they could. The users were instantly redirected to the new domain, where they had to log in with their usual account, and could see the big post on the main page, explaining what is going on in detail. All the links were quickly changed to the new ones and the operators offered users free leech till the end of March so they could redownload all the files. However, this fight back seemed to only upset the police even more and forced them to take an aggressive action again.

Economic Security deputy chief of Ministry of Internal Affairs in Moscow declared that the police are going to stop all similar file-sharing trackers’ operations alongside with pursuing their owners. However, he also admitted that despite such networks cause significant damage to copyright owners, the police actions hasn’t returned much success.

The police point out that it’s quite difficult to deal with RuTracker.org and many other trackers, as they are registered outside the .ru domain. And even when they are registered in Russia, it’s still hard to reveal the identities of their operators in order to hold them responsible.

The head of Economic Crime Department in Moscow police holds even stronger position, saying that BitTorrent users don’t only download copyrighted content, but also upload it, thus instantly becoming liable for infringing. That was him who proposed to treat illegal file-sharers as criminal counterfeiters.

So now it looks like not the best days for Russian users – after all that mess around Torrent.Ru and seizing servers of the largest file-hosting service iFolder.ru, the police are still looking at the problem of infringing from two directions. Taking European authorities for a model, Russian police believe they are going the way forward by both going after sites and making their users liable.

March 30th, 2010

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Date:  Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-03-30 16:39:26)
iamezaz avatarNice and good step by the russian government to curb the growth of copyright infringement
Keep it up russia.Greatwork sam 8)

posted by Supermanimmortal (2010-03-30 17:42:36)
Big_A_Little_A avatarNice read Sam,Many thanks,It just shows that we will find ways to get around closures and keep on sharing.

@ iamezaz Qoute from you "Nice and good step by the russian government to curb the growth of copyright infringement
Keep it up russia" Nice and good step? I would assume from this comment then,as you are an uploader,all the material you have uploaded is either your own work and you hold the copyright,or it is non copyrighted material? or is it copyrighted material you are infringing on as you do not hold the copyright? me thinks its the last one,correct me if I am wrong.

posted by (2010-03-30 21:43:05)
4JIMi2sTEXAS0 avatarto all the russian pirates, hold yer head up !!.. lol and iameazz if ur such a supported of anti piracy, why you here then ?

posted by (2010-03-30 23:44:48)
cyberartist avatarThis is from a government that says its OK to murder schoolchildren in Chechnia...

posted by (2010-03-31 12:02:53)
crackruckles avatari think it is a pointless game, i mean i'm no expert but i would think that as soon as you shutdown a major copyright distributor then another one is going to pop up in its place unless you enforce some sort of harsh new law to frighten the new comers away. This article is a perfect example, shut it down at one location and it will reappear some where else and if not somebody else will think that they can somehow be better then everyone else and start another one. The way i see it is they should just make it so that every file distributed by these torrent sites should have to pay for them, there self that way they wouldn't distribute them and if they dont then they should goto prison for theft but only in Russia not in America, Britain or Australia cause i like my torrents lol.

posted by Blocked (2010-03-31 20:18:27)
phoenixcrash avatar@ crackruckles: "harsh new laws" won't stop anyone. Even if punishment included the death sentence, I'd still be lookin' for that Book of Eli dvdrip! Harsher penalties will never stop the majority of us. Even if they try and make an example out of one of us by hittin' 'em with a huge fine, possibly jail time, we will give him/her our sympathy and move on like it never happened. This is not a "pointless game", this is a WAR! However, it is pointless for any government, including the Russian government, to try and win such a war. They are many with money, we are many with knowledge... The knowledge to help them waste their taxpayer's money by trying to stop something that only the greedy rich pigs consider a problem. Shouldn't all governments be spending this money to solve real problems? Not to super-size the already swollen pockets of the movie industry, who in turn feed politicians to exagerate the very small threat that piracy actually poses. In an economy where almost every business and individual is failing, it's nice to see that banks and the movie industry are doing just f~ckin' fine!

posted by (2010-04-01 01:09:33)
BenjaWiz avatarThe current Administration in Russia isn't even legit lol the country was over thrown and they still kill school children in Chechnia. Russian Pirates hold your head up for sure this war is just beginning.

posted by (2010-04-01 01:12:09)
BenjaWiz avatarUncle_ALF I take issue with that dude with the 1st post I would ask whats his interest in protecting people from piracy LMAO.

posted by Blocked (2010-04-01 22:17:18)
KKKhan avatarthe only way to stop ppl from piracy is to distribute everything for free :D do this if u can and i assure no one will download illegally lolz .

posted by Blocked (2010-04-01 22:32:33)
menahunie avatarYou all missed the point; money talks in Russia; mainly with the police and the politicians. If they has been paid the place would have never been raided. It was nothing but a shake down... They are pissed because they didn't get anything and lost big face...

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