Yandex will search for pirates using a robot

    Yandex is soon planning to introduce a new way to remove more links to pirated content from the search results, as Vedomosti reports . The company has created and has already launched a specialized robot program that searches the web for pages with content similar to those that are already in the “pirate registry”. To improve efficiency, the program uses the principles of machine learning.

    Last year, the largest Russian media companies called for an active fight against piracy. Thus, media holdings, online cinemas and producers signed a memorandum on combating piracy with Internet companies. One of the provisions of the memorandum indicates the need for extrajudicial removal from the search results links to pages with pirated copies of films and TV shows.

    According to the producers and television channels, it is through search engines that users search and find pirated sites with illegal content. Now the copyright holders send Yandex the found links to pirated content, these links are entered into a single registry.

    By mid-March, Yandex had removed more than 100,000 links from the search, which was described by representatives of a domestic Internet company. The register already has more than 140,000 links, which is confirmed by the employees of two media companies with access to this list.

    In a short time, Yandex discovered several million pages with pirated content; this was possible thanks to the new program, the robot. An order of magnitude more pages with illegal content were found than contained in the registry.

    “We hope that our development will accelerate the process of register formation, and the fight against piracy will become more effective,” says Greg Abovski, operations and financial director of the company. Yandex promised before the end of this week to send the first list of pages found by the robot to copyright holders for review and reconciliation. If the copyright holders agree that the system is working correctly, then Yandex will regularly transfer pages found by the robot from April. Rightholders will be able to add them to the registry for subsequent removal.

    “This is the behavior of a socially responsible business. We are waiting for us to take a look at the new system, ”commented Vadim Vereshchagin, General Partner of Central Partnership (CSP), on the situation. There are less optimistic views on the situation. For example, Amediateka CEO Dmitry Sychugov has a slightly different opinion: “Yandex’s independent initiative to actively clean search from pirated links looks amazing. The industry is not yet familiar with the new search engine software solution. I want to study it. "

    In addition, copyright holders believe that instead of being removed from the list of links in most cases, new ones immediately appear. And a radical drop in traffic from search engines to pirated sites does not occur.

    By the way, the other day, Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky saidthat precisely because of pirated content massively posted on the network, Russia cannot create its analogues of such services, Netflix and HBO.

    “It is necessary to overcome crime in the filmmaking, by crime I mean the theft of private property, theft of films on the Internet and its organized marketing on thieves’ sites, which are pirated sites. Moreover, all this is flavored with online casino advertising, that is, some thieves sponsor other thieves. We won’t create our own Netflix, and we won’t create an HBO, ”Medinsky said.

    He previously reportedthat the Ministry of Culture immediately prepared several proposals for legislative changes in terms of combating sites that distributed pirated video content. One of the proposals made is the introduction of a list of information that the site owner should post about himself. For example, name and surname, address, location, email address. In addition, it is proposed to reduce the time for making court decisions on violations regarding the observance of rights to content on the network, plus allowing copyright holders to contact the provider directly with a statement about the removal of illegal content.

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