|The Motion Picture Association of America has reported a number of “notorious” sites, both online and offline, to the US Government. The provided list includes our site and The Pirate Bay of course, but for some reason it seems that the movie group put particular pressure on Russian services.
The Hollywood group submitted information about “rogue” sites that allegedly promoted the illegal distribution of copyrighted content, effectively causing declining incomes and lost jobs in the movie industry. Another interesting fact is that the MPAA also called out several hosting providers, which it has never done before. However, 23 pirate sites are at the heart of the MPAA’s report, as usual, – each with a suspected location.
Detailed description was attached to a number of Russian online and offline pirates, including VKontakte, Rutracker and Movie4k.to.
VKontakte is well known as the leading social networking site in Russian-speaking territories, which the MPAA called “a hotbed of illegal distribution” of copyrighted video and audio content. The movie group points out that searching for content on the site is relatively easy, and streaming playback is supported through embedded video players. However, the group has to admit that VKontakte has just taken steps to limit access to 3rd party apps dedicated to downloading content from the website, blocked infringing websites from accessing videos stored on its servers, and even experimented with content recognition technologies. Although it has made it more difficult to download content directly, the social media portal continues to be “a major infringement hub”. MPAA claims it still has to send thousands DMCA notices regarding infringing files on the service each month. VKontakte is easily one of the most visited websites ever, with a global Alexa ranking of 18, a local ranking of 1 in Russia, and 111.4 million worldwide unique visitors per month. By the way, the site has been banned by ISPs in Italy for three years now.
The report also features Rutracker.org, the most popular BitTorrent portal in Russian-speaking territories. The site was launched 6 years ago in response to the takedown of Torrents.ru. Despite the fact that Rutracker has been subject to blocking orders in the country, it is still the most popular BitTorrent indexing website in the region with 13.9 million registered users and 1.5 million active torrents.
Online service Movie4k.to was also included in the report, but the most interesting part was about physical piracy, as the MPAA reported two physical markets in Moscow that were selling counterfeited products: Gorbushka and Mitino (misspelled in the report as “Mutino”). The MPAA claims that 14 outlets at the Mitino market are selling pirated content, including titles burned to order. Unfortunately, the Gorbushka market also has 31 operational kiosks selling pirated content.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
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