Ministry of Culture proposes to fine hosting sites for refusing to remove pirated content

    On May 26, Deputy Head of the Ministry of Culture Grigory Ivliev came up with an initiative to introduce fines for refusing to remove pirated content.

    It is proposed to take a fine of 5 million rubles from legal entities, and a million rubles from individuals. According to Ivliev, the copyright holder should be able to bring the Internet intermediary to administrative responsibility for refusing to remove illegal content. Under the intermediaries are understood, first of all, the owners of hosting sites.

    “From May 1, the rule is in effect that if the copyright holder contacts the Internet intermediary with the fact that material infringing on his copyright is published on his resource, the Internet intermediary is obliged to block access to such content. But as we can see, this norm has not produced any effect so far, ” explainedRBC Ivliev.

    According to the official, the current version of the anti-piracy law does not allow for an acceptable time to achieve the removal of content through the court. And under the threat of a penalty, intermediaries will fulfill the requirements of copyright holders much faster.

    “Of course, we will still look at the results of the amendments that entered into force on May 1, and maybe only our threat to fine Internet intermediaries will somehow affect the situation,” Ivliev added.

    The director of strategic projects of the Internet Research Institute, Irina Levova, believes that the actions or inaction of Internet intermediaries cannot be considered the basis for introducing administrative responsibility for violation of an extrajudicial procedure.

    The head of the Internet Video Association, Alexei Byrdin, supports the initiative of the Ministry of Culture: “Until now, in the anti-piracy context, there has not even been any talk of recovering any fines or compensation from pirated sites or their owners, and perhaps it was worth it. The pirates are not altruists, they earn about $ 250 million annually, and, in our estimation, about a quarter of this amount is the earnings of pirates oriented to Russia. ”

    Megamind wrotethat on May 1 a new version of the anti-piracy law came into force. If the court proves that the site has repeatedly posted a pirated copy of the content of the same copyright holder, then such a resource will be “forever blocked”. In addition, amendments entered into force that extend the effect of the main law to such types of content as music, lyrics, software (photos are not included in this list).

    Each owner of the hosting site must provide the copyright holder with a mailing address where you can send a complaint about illegal content. Upon receipt of a complaint, the owner must either remove the pirated content or prove its legal use within 24 hours. For ignoring complaints of the copyright holder, no material penalties are provided. Even if he goes to court, the owner of the hosting site will be given three days to delete. If illegal content is removed during this time, no penalties and penalties will follow.

    On May 21, Megamind reported that and pleer.comcould be blocked for three days. On May 19, the Moscow City Court found that they illegally placed content for the companies of S. B.A. Music Publishing "and CJSC" S.B.A. Production. "

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