Russia’s anti-piracy law starts to bite

More than fifty temporary injunctions against sites distributing infringing content have been granted to rights holders since Russia’s anti-piracy law went live at the beginning of August.

While the blocking measures do not yet appear to have been implemented against any of the domains, some of the targeted sites have already started to alert their users and provide details on circumvention methods should they go dark and others have switched to new domains. At the same time, an amendment to Russia’s controversial anti-piracy bill is expected to extend the protection it currently grants to video content to all other copyrighted material. The proposed changes to Russia’s Administrative Code also grant additional protections to hosts through mandatory notice periods that must be met before action is taken against them, along with the ability to block individual URLs instead of the current domain and IP level block.

NetNames pays close attention to the digital piracy situation in Russia, a country with huge potential for legitimate distribution but one where piracy has long been an enormous drain on such efforts. For instance, NetNames recently completed an in-depth report on social network VK that examined the availability of infringing material on the site. The report helped prompt VK to introduce fingerprinting of content such as music, films, and television episodes.

Written by David Price, Head of Piracy Intelligence at NetNames