Russian Prime Minister Found that Pirate Site Blockade Doesn’t WorkAdded: Friday, February 19th, 2016
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was attending a meeting of the government council for cinema, when he discovered that the torrent tracker Rutracker is still available to him, in spite of being blocked “forever” in Russia.
At the council, Medvedev accessed RuTracker after the speech of the General Director of Russia’s"First Channel" Konstantin Ernst, who claimed that the currently applied mechanisms to combat Internet piracy do not work. After the illegal copies of the film are removed from one site, they immediately appear in the dozen of others. Even the courts ordered are not respected, he added: "Although RuTracker is blocked in Russia “forever”, the site is still available."
Medvedev was very surprised to learn this and decided to verify this on his own, making an attempt to access Rutracker from his personal iPad. He faced no problems with doing this and found the illegal copy of "The Revenant" with Leonardo DiCaprio on the main page. "So, how does your agency blocks this?" – asked Medvedev the Minister of Communications who was also present at the meeting. The Minister of Communications argued that he couldn’t access RuTracker from his own smartphone, and suggested that it was all about the "special connection" the Prime Minister enjoyed. Medvedev replied that his iPad was connected to a public WiFi-network of the institution where the meeting took place. The Minister of Communications has promised to look into the situation.
As a result, it turned out that 97% of Russian ISPs have indeed blocked access to RuTracker, the most popular torrent tracker in Russia and CIS. However, the particular provider service the public Wi-Fi of that institution didn’t do so, because it has reportedly been in the process of liquidation since early 2016.
We remind you that RuTracker was blocked forever by the decision of the Moscow City Court following the repeated claim of the book publishing company "Exmo", which found pirated copies of its books on the website. In late January, the Russian copyright watchdog included the site in the register of banned websites in the country and ordered all ISPs to block it. Last week, the agency claimed that the blockade appeared “very effective” as RurTacker traffic dropped by 75%, and the site “had a few months left to live”. However, independent statistics shows that the total audience of the site since the blockade fell only by a third, to 732,000 unique users per day.
Friday, February 19th, 2016
|If that site would get some english language speakers in there as Mod's that site could compete with anybody. I predict it would crack top 10 in less than 6 months. And thats a conservative guess. Content wise there is not much they dont have. But thats for another day.||
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