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New Russian anti-piracy law amended to include music

Rhian Jones
Russia

Anti-piracy legislation introduced in Russia less than a week ago is being amended to include music, photos and other images, plus text-based material.

The new legislation, aimed at reducing online copyright infringement, was originally only designed to protect “high value” movies and TV shows. But six days in, and the Ministry of Culture says it will now begin changing the legislation.

As well as including a wider range of creative content, the amendments state that site owners will be required by law to display their real-world addresses alongside their email addresses on their websites in order to speed up correspondence.

They will also be required to incorporate a special form in their sites to streamline the processing of any complaints.

The law allows rights holders to file official complaints against sites carrying or linking to such content without permission. If sites fail to take down offending items quickly, they face having their domains blocked at the ISP level.

Also up for consideration is the way copyright complaints are formatted and issued. Correctly presented complaints must be actioned within 24 hours while users responsible for uploading content must be notified of any complaint and given a chance to appeal to the complainant.

To escalate the matter rightsholders may file a complaint with telecoms watchdog Roscomnadzor which could result in a site being blocked at the ISP level.

Tech companies such as Google have until the end of the week to put forward their suggestions. A hearing on the bill will go ahead on Friday.

Source: TorrentFreak

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Tags: anti-piracy, Russia

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