State Duma adopted law on 'mirrors' of pirated sites

State Duma adopted law on 'mirrors' of pirated sites

The document simplifies the procedure for restricting access to such resources, allowing to initiate it both to rights holders and authorities without resorting to court, and will enter into force on October 1.

Today, the State Duma adopted amendments to the law On Information concerning the blocking of ‘mirrors' of pirated Internet resources. "The bill passed all necessary examinations, there are no remarks, it is ready for adoption in the third reading," said deputy Sergey Chindyaskin (United Russia). 405 deputies voted for the vote, there is no against and abstaining.

For the second reading, the document has undergone a number of changes. Thus, the term "derived site on the Internet" is replaced by the term "copy of a blocked site" - a site "similar to the degree of confusion with a website on the Internet, access to which is limited by the decision of the Moscow City Court in connection with the repeated and improper placement of information containing copyrighted objects or related rights, or information necessary for their receipt using the Internet." The list of persons, who will have the right to initiate the procedure for blocking 'mirrors', is also specified, including federal executive bodies and rights holders.

In addition, an important innovation became the rejection of the proposals of the Ministry of Culture on the possibility of imposing an extrajudicial blocking of information resources at the request of the rightholders of domestic films. The Ministry of Culture offered to supervise these issues (see Kommersant on March 30). This does not correlate with the subject of legal regulation and the concept of the bill introduced by the government of the Russian Federation and was not supported by the legal department of the apparatus of the State Duma, the Ministry of Communications, Roskomnadzor and most representatives of the Internet industry, Leonid Levin, the Head of the Duma's information policy committee, explained earlier. Also, the law obliges search engines to remove links to pirated sites.

The blocking mechanism will look like this. In case of receipt of information from the authority or rights holders about the appearance of copies of already blocked sites on the Internet, the Ministry of Communications will make a motivated decision on recognizing the site as a copy of the blocked site within 24 hours. After that, the Ministry of Communications will send its decision to the owner of this resource and Roskomnadzor. Having received a notification from the latter, communication operators are obliged to limit access to a copy of the pirated site within 24 hours from the receipt of the request.

Critics of the bill paid attention to the fact that it contains abstract and vague statements, which can lead to erroneous blocking of conscientious resources. The representatives of Yandex, Russian Association of Electronic Communications also expressed their remarks.

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