Russian Torrent Giant May Delete 320,000 TorrentsAdded: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
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RuTracker, the largest torrent site on the post-Soviet space, is currently polling its users over an interesting issue: should it delete about 320,000 torrents to pacify rightsowners, or should it face a nationwide and permanent ISP blockade? The decision can seriously affect the site’s future.
RuTracker.org is reincarnation of Torrents.ru, a very large torrent tracker and one of most popular websites in CIS countries. The domain was changed after a massive blockage by the copyright owners a few years ago. Now the service is facing a huge dilemma that has the potential to seriously affect the site’s functionality.
The problem of the website, like any other torrent service in the world, lies in its poor relationship with record labels and movie industry. The copyright owners insist that the website repeatedly infringes their copyrights on a massive scale and call for it to be blocked in Russia. A lawsuit has already been filed to the local court, the first of its kind against a torrent site. If the record labels win, all Russian Internet service providers would permanently block the torrent tracker. However, RuTracker is seeking a chance of a negotiated way out, pointing out that since the start of the year, it deleted about 10,000 torrents under the request of the rights holders. In addition, the site operators also responded to 19 direct requests from the Russian telecoms watchdog Rozcomnadzor.
Now the website is presenting its users with a choice to decide – whether they want RuTracker to delete 320,000 torrents or face a nationwide ISP ban? On the one hand, losing 320,000 torrents would be a huge blow for the site, but on the other hand, a half of RuTracker’s users are from Russia, and it is unclear how many of them would manage to circumvent a blockade.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
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