US copyright holders want Russia to prosecute pirate sites * TorrentFreak

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Russia has implemented a wide variety of anti-piracy laws and procedures in recent years. Thousands of copyright infringing sites have been blocked and even app stores and search engines need to take action. However, according to the IIPA, which includes the MPA, RIAA and other groups in the entertainment industry, Russia should do more.

In recent years, Russia has introduced various anti-piracy laws and regulations.

Pirate sites can be blocked by court rulings, app stores must take strict action against “pirate” applications, search engines must quickly block pirate sites, and even VPN services and proxies can be shut down. prohibited.

The measures go way beyond what we see in most other countries but, according to US copyright holders, they still don’t go far enough. Online piracy and camcorder recording in Russian cinemas remains a significant problem.

Copyright groups call on Russia

The IIPA, which has copyright groups including the MPA, RIAA, and ESA among its members, shared these and other concerns with the U.S. Trade Representative as part of the annual review of Russia’s obligations to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The brief highlights the progress made on the legislative front. New laws and procedures have made it more difficult for Russians to use pirate apps or sites. However, these measures have done little to shut down the sites themselves, which often remain accessible abroad.

“Unfortunately, US rights holders continue to report that these proceedings are directed against the illegal activities of only users in Russia and are not used against Russian sites and services intended for users outside the country,” writes IIPA.

“Even the most effective opt-out procedures and processes for disabling access to websites can only slow down hacking activity and have little lasting deterrent effect without civil, and most importantly criminal, proceedings against the operators and owners of commercial sites. “

Lawsuits

IIPA calls for significant improvements in copyright enforcement to combat Russian pirate sites and services. In addition to blocking platforms at ISP level, the authorities should criminally prosecute their operators.

The group provides several examples of sites that would be operated from Russia. Several of them are also on the USTR’s annual list of Notorious Foreign Markets.

The movie industry is highlighting the St. Petersburg-based streaming site seasonvar.ru, which lists more than 17,000 TV series on the site. In addition, the largest social network in Russia, VK.com, is also called.

The software industry notes that Russia is home to the highest number of video game pirates of any country in the world, at least on P2P services. He mentions torrentdownloads.me, dirtywarez.com and romtohome.com among the worst offenders.

Music companies are also seeing significant piracy issues tracing back to Russia. This includes torrent sites, link sites, and cyberlockers. Russia-based streamrippers Flvto.biz and 2Conv.com – which have been sued in the United States – are specifically named.

Finally, the publishing industry points to Libgen and Sci-Hub as problematic sites. The latter has been targeted in two US lawsuits but, despite two injunctions against the site, Sci-Hub remains freely accessible in most countries of the world.

“In short, a much more effective application is needed against online piracy in Russia, especially long-identified pirate sites,” notes IIAP.

Camcorder pirates

In addition to criminal charges against pirate sites and services, IIPA also wants to see tougher measures against “camcorder” piracy. Every year dozens of pirated films date back to Russia.

“Russia remains home to some of the most prolific theatrical film distribution groups in the world,” notes IIPA, adding that in the past five years, 253 MPA members’ films have been pirated in stores. Russian cinemas.

These films eventually end up online, often branded by gambling companies, who seem to see these releases as excellent publicity media.

“Many broadcast groups are linked to online gambling companies who pay for the recording of movies in theaters in exchange for including advertising for their services in the counterfeit copies.”

The IIPA hopes that the USTR will put these concerns on the diplomatic agenda. That said, it wouldn’t be surprising if Russia pointed out the United States, which remains the main source of traffic for pirate sites.

A copy of IIPA’s response to USTR’s request for comment regarding Russia’s implementation of its WTO commitments is available here (pdf)


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