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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Results of Russia’s Anti-Piracy Law

Results of Russia’s Anti-Piracy Law

Results of Russia’s Anti-Piracy Law

Added: Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc
Russia’s controversial anti-piracy law has been in force for one year now, and how the local web suffered from it thus far? According to the country’s telecoms agency, 12 websites, mainly torrent trackers, were blocked in the past year. Apparently, web-blocking has changed very little, and the infringing content is as easy to find as before.

The Russian Federation introduced a new anti-piracy law following intense pressure from international rightsholders a year ago. The legislation provides a mechanism for websites to be blocked if they fail to comply with copyright owner’s takedown requests within 3 days. This provision caused widespread fear and speculation, because in theory, thousands of websites, some carrying legitimate material, could find themselves censored in favor of “corporate interests”. Fortunately, the law almost didn’t work.

In the first three weeks of the law, 19 complaints were files, but only 11 of them were correctly presented and processed. One of the most popular trackers in the country, Rutor.org, became one of the earliest casualties. Five months passed, and copyright owners had filed about 75 official complaints. Of them, 30 targeted services chose to comply with official removal orders, while 19 others were blocked. 6 six months later, the Russia’s Minister of Communications claimed the law was having the required effect: allegedly, there was an increase of 30% in the number of users who started paying for legitimate content.

On the other hand, critics still doubt about the dramatic turnaround – indeed, there has been little downturn in the number of rightsholders complaining about piracy. Statistics say that during the past year the Moscow City Court imposed preliminary interim measures against 175 websites following copyright complaints, and eventually 12 of file-sharing related domains were blocked, most of them BitTorrent trackers. Anyway, this dozen is far below the numbers predicted a year ago.

The problem is that despite all the complaints and blocking, the illegal content is still easy to find – this is a key issue which doesn’t appear to be solved anytime soon. For some reason, the watchdog says that things are improving. The only difference is that copyright owners now have the opportunity to make an impact on legal grounds.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2014-08-13 23:50:20)
Embolism avatarOne day and before very much longer the corporations will have control of the masses and indoctrinate the people with what they want them to see and know and only their version will be the truth and allowed on the internet,Not I though.!

posted by Site FriendET junkieET lovermenSunTurtle (2014-08-14 02:07:10)
Sammy1968 avatarI love that part "the illegal content is still easy to find".

posted by men (2014-08-15 08:07:18)
xd666xd avatarDefending the Private Property and violating the free information and content. "GG", Russia.

posted by (2014-08-16 13:29:22)
crm1976 avatarif you realy wana get anything free like torrents it wont matter how many blocks thay put up to stop people sombody will always find away around the blocks so i realy dont see the point at the moment i no them who do use torrents are just useing proxy servers to unlock there sites thay wana use the only way of stoping people downloading things is to ban the internet perminatly if people can not get online then people can not download but there again people will find away around it just hidemyass dot com search bar does its job

posted by ET junkieET loverSupermanmen (2014-08-18 10:10:01)
sn3h1t87 avatarFunnily enough, people regularly transfer data - illicit or otherwise - on thumb drives. The entertainment industry making another push won't suddenly convince policemen to warrantlessly grab people off the street for a full cavity search.

How did "Home Taping is Killing Music" work out for you? Pulled anyone off the street for cassette tapes? Made home taping illegal yet lolz

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