Illegal Blocking of Copyrighted Content to Be Punished Under Russian Draft Law
Every week copyright holders and their anti-piracy agents issue instructions for content to be removed or blocked. Most of these requests are made in good faith but malicious takedown requests are still a problem. A draft law tabled in Russia envisions financial compensation for those affected.
Given the phenomenal rate at which pirated content is uploaded and spread online, it’s no surprise that mistakes are made by those attempting to block or take it down.
Even at a rate of 99% accuracy, well-intentioned takedown requests have the potential to cause damage to people that have nothing to do with piracy. Indeed, erroneous or malicious takedown and blocking requests can deny other copyright holders the ability to exercise their right to distribute copyrighted content.
While provisions exist in US law to punish those who abuse the system, legal action is extremely rare. A draft law tabled in Russia hopes to make denial of access to content less prevalent while also offering support to intermediaries.
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