Russian Piracy Bill now active

Moscow, Monday 24 June

The State Duma in Russia passed a bill last Friday which combats copyright infringement on the Internet.

The law allows Russian authorities to block websites which infringe audio-visual copyright content at the request of copyright holders.

Google in Russia has spoken out against the bill, saying that it will allow whole websites to be blocked indefinitely.

The bill is designed to combat damage from internet piracy in Russia, which is estimated at 60 billion rubles per year ($1.8 billion).

The bill allows authorities to take unspecified “provisional measures” against infringers using internet “resources”.

The copyright holder can apply to the Federal Mass Media Inspection Service, who will then notify the hosting provider about the copyright infringement.  The hosting provider then has 1 day to demand that the website owner removes the infringing content. The owner has 1 day to remove it.  If the provider fails to take action, the FMMIS can demand that telcos block access to the content.

The copyright holder must file a civil lawsuit at the same court within 15 days after the provisional measures are approved by the court.

If the civil court rules that the content does not infringe, then the website can be switched back on and unblocked and the owner of the non-infringing content can sue for damages and costs.

 

Ian Penman

rAsia conference

Moscow, 24 June

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