|Some Russian media published news about the arrest of Maxim Ryabyko, the head of a large local anti-piracy agency. The rumors are that Ryabyko offered to help drop a criminal investigation against an Internet businessman running the pirate site Lib.rus.ec, in exchange for $800,000.
So, according to local news reports, the Director General of Association for the Protection of Copyright on the Internet was allegedly arrested in Moscow together with another person when carrying out a money handoff for help in dropping a criminal investigation. While Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs did confirm the fact of the arrest, it refused to provide any names and only disclosed that the two men were arrested in a cafe in the center of Moscow and have since been released on bail. In the meantime, Maxim Ryabyko himself denied the fact of the arrest.
Apparently, the case is related to the prominent pirate book library Lib.rus.ec, which was investigated in both Russia and Ecuador, while its operators were on the run. The announcement of the Association also highlighted the possible involvement of the Russian service iMobilco. The latter allegedly sold access to infringing books without paying to copyright owners.
There was also news reporting that Russian authorities searched the home of iMobilco’s founder, who was the one being offered a “deal” in exchange for $800,000. He said that he had been extorted after accusations of profiting from copyright violations linked to the online library.
The Association for the Protection of Copyright on the Internet has hit the headlines several times in recent months, primarily for its efforts to block the most popular torrent site in the region, RuTracker, and limit copyright infringements on social media.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Monday, October 10th, 2016
|Now this sounds more like normal.||
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