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Russia Anti-Piracy Agreement Expires, Now Relies on Goodwill of Search Engines

The anti-piracy memorandum signed by rightsholders and major Internet companies in Russia has expired. This means that search engines no longer have to remove allegedly-infringing content from their indexes. Whether they will continue to do so in advance of legislation compelling them to do so now appears reliant on goodwill. Following intense pressure on local […]

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Kaspersky VPN Now Blocks ‘Pirate’ Sites in Russia

Following orders from local authorities, Kaspersky’s VPN has begun blocking sites on Russia’s national blacklist, which includes many ‘pirate’ sites. The news follows reports that the country’s telecoms watchdog, Roscomnadzor, will not attempt to block VPNs for non-compliance, but will seek to fine them instead. In order to prevent citizens from accessing objectionable content, from […]

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Russia Says it Will Soon Begin Blocking Major VPNs

Back in March, ten major VPN providers including NordVPN, ExpressVPN, IPVanish and HideMyAss were ordered by Russian authorities to being blocking sites present in the country’s national blacklist. Following almost total non-compliance, the country’s telecoms watchdog says that blocking nine of the services is now imminent. When it comes to site-blocking, Russia is one of […]

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Russia Says its ISPs Currently Block More Than 9,500 Pirate Sites

Six years ago this week, Russia introduced new copyright amendments which would allow rightsholders to have pirate sites blocked by local ISPs. To mark the anniversary, telecoms watch Roscomnadzor has revealed that its currently blocking 9,500 copyright-infringing sites, almost double the amount revealed last year. On August 1, 2013, Russia implemented new legislation which allowed […]