Draft Law in Russia Will Make Google Censor Search ResultsAdded: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2016
The Russian government published a draft bill which will make search engines more aggressively censor their search results in order to protect copyright. They will be given only 72 hours to remove links to proxy and mirroring services from their results. The government also wants the companies to censor links that facilitate access to any website offering blockade circumvention tutorials.
According to a new law introduced in 2013, the entertainment industry was allowed to take cases to the Moscow City Court with a view to having non-compliant websites blocked at the ISP level. Online portals that fail to respond to takedown demands have only 3 days to do so, or face a total (reversible) blockade. Last year, a new mechanism aimed at reducing instances of pirate site reoffending was introduced in the country: portals having two cases brought against them and found to be infringing now face a total lifetime block in the country. This is what happened to a major local torrent website RuTracker.
However, it turned out that after “infringing” websites are blocked dozens of proxy and mirror sites emerge to facilitate access, thus reducing the efficacy of ISP-level blockades and frustrating the rights owners. This is why legislators proposed earlier in 2016 that proxies and mirrors should be considered extensions of permanently blocked websites and also blocked at ISP level without a separate court order. They also proposed to require search engines including Google and Russian popular engine Yandex to remove links to pages that facilitate access to permanently blocked sites. Moreover, the draft bill also intends to render the provision of circumvention advice a punishable offense. In case of being approved, the bill will impose penalties of $45-$75 on the operators of the platforms offering circumvention advice. Besides, the draft proposes that Google and other search engines must remove the results of any services offering workarounds of all kinds.
The bill in question is still at the draft stage, so it can be changed. However, the industry watchers admit that it seems likely that pressure to reduce access to circumvention advice will continue through its path to final approval.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Thursday, May 26th, 2016
|so it's ok to shoot down a commercial aircraft but not ok to use proxies ?|
|With the rights holders endless supply of assets they should have no problem using it to pay all those there that need paid to do this thing. No matter how much it costs them they will get it all back and much more. It's gonna be a long fight.|
|They forgot to make it a crime to think about proxies|
|posted by (2016-05-27 12:47:39)|
|I avoid Google/Google products as much as possible anyway.||
Most Popular Stories