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Pirate sites with Russian films will block without a trial

The Ministry of culture has proposed amendments to the bill on the “mirrors” that would provide the opportunity without court to block sites with pirated Russian movies. As a result, the period of removal of pirated content could be reduced to two days. About it reports “Kommersant”, citing a senior official of the Ministry of culture.

The Ministry of culture is preparing a bill that would allow the court to block access to pirate sites, if they without the consent of the copyright holder placed Russian films.

The producers, including Sergei Selyanov, Leonid Vereshchagin, producer Timur Bekmambetov, Fyodor Bondarchuk, Sergey Melkumov, Igor Tolstunov, Anatoly Maximov and Renat Davletyarov, complained to the Ministry of culture to the imperfection of the existing measures against piracy.

The publication writes that, according to the figures of culture, the Ministry of culture is considering “additional measures to protect holders of national films”. They can be framed as amendments to the second reading of the bill on blocking “mirrors” in the state Duma.

The Department offers an option in which the holder, upon discovering your illegally placed the movie in the Internet can write a letter to the Ministry of culture. The Ministry, confirming authorship, during the day makes the requirement to restrict access to the page with the movie and sends a request to Roskomnadzor. He “immediately” and without court sends notice to the operators on the lock page with the movie and prevents search engines to provide links to these pages.

If the owner will notice a second violation on the website, he will within ten days to file a lawsuit in court to block the website. The court will consider it “in a simplified procedure,” according to “Kommersant”.

Within 10 days the site may challenge the decision of Roskomnadzor. The source of “Kommersant” believes that the period of removal of pirated content is reduced to two days. A source in the Ministry of culture indicates that the initiative concerns only Russian films: the state is trying to protect their investment. According to officials, from publishing pirated content, the copyright holders of Russian films lose up to 4 billion rubles. per year.

A source in the state Duma, familiar with the preparation of the draft law of the Ministry of culture, said that the committees of the lower house of Parliament on culture and information policy considered the initiative and agreed with her, proposing alternative options.

Deputy Ministry of communications Alexei Volin in an interview with “Kommersant” said that the Agency supports the idea of culture. It does not agree with a source in the state Duma, who said that the initiative of the Ministry violates the principle of the legislation on protection of copyright. This is also the opinion of the Director of strategic projects of the research Institute Internet Irina Levova. She believes that the proposal of the Ministry of culture casts doubt on the presumption of innocence.

Last week the Investigative Committee of Russia suggested to allow yourself Roskomnadzor to block sites, if they are, in the opinion of the Department, contain prohibited information. In mid-March a bill to limit access to the “mirror” sites with pirated content has passed its first reading in the state Duma. If approved, the court can restrict access to the “mirror” at the official request of the copyright holder or Roskomnadzor.

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