Russia Wants to Ban Discussion of Piracy Blocklist CircumventionAdded: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
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Movie and music industries increasingly see website blocking as a key measure to fight piracy. On the other hand, major part of Internet users do not worry much about blocking because workarounds are easily available. However, amendments to Russian law may outlaw the talks about block circumvention techniques.
In another attempt to bring online piracy under control, copyright owners submitted new proposals for amendments to local copyright legislation.
Like everywhere else, once Russian Internet service providers block pirate websites, the blockade is rendered ineffective due to emergence of proxies, mirrors and clones of the blocked websites. This requires copyright holders to go to court to obtain a new blocking order, but they want mirror and proxy websites to be classified as extensions of the original blocked portal, so that they could quickly block them without going to the court.
In Russia, the courts consider only one website per case. For example, recently the local Internet service providers were ordered to permanently block the largest torrent site in the country, but several services quickly appeared online to allow the users to effectively circumvent the blockade. So, these proposed measures against mirrors were not unexpected, but the demands being made by the local anti-piracy group bring things to the next level.
As you know, blocks can be circumvented using a variety of instruments, for example VPNs, TOR and other proxies. Internet users can find information on how to use each of the methods online. Now the anti-piracy outfit decided to outlaw such guides and claimed that banning discussion of workarounds will enhance Russia’s blocking regime. It proposed fines ranging from $70 for individuals to $14,500 for legal entities. However, the group didn’t explain how these fines would be managed or enforced.
In the meantime, the local watchdog acknowledged that such tools have legitimate uses, so they won’t be banned outright. Instead, the intention is to draw a line in the sand over the way they’re promoted on the Internet. As for the industry watchers, they believe that tightening of the law will only lead to further dissemination of instructions on how to bypass blockades.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
|Slippery slope. Dangerous one too.|
|posted by (2016-03-26 05:50:58)|
|yeah, right, its a waste of money and time.|
|On and on it goes but I would expect this kind of action from the former USSR.|
All the old powers are standing up against file sharing.
I expect it now everywhere.
Everybody seems to be against file sharing.
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