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U.S. and Russia Announce Online Piracy Crackdown Agreement

The United States and Russia have announced an agreement to crack down on online piracy. The countries have agreed to disrupt sites that facilitate infringement and take action against their operators. As a result, uncertain times may lie ahead for the many BitTorrent and other file-sharing sites hosted in Russia.The…

Court Rejects First Russian ‘SOPA’ Lawsuit, Target Offers Snowden a Job

Following the introduction of a new anti-piracy law yesterday, Russian rightsholders were quick off the mark. A movie company immediately filed a lawsuit against social networking giant vKontakte but it was deemed a failure when the court deciding the company had failed to prove it owned the content. In the…

File-Sharers Will Not Be Held Liable For Piracy, Russia Says

As Russia tries to find a balanced solution to the thorny issue of Internet piracy, the head of a government department responsible for communications and information technology says that attacking Internet users is not the solution. Speaking at the launch of a nationwide campaign to promote legal eBook purchases, Vladimir…

Wikipedia Fears That Russian Anti-Piracy Law Could Shut Them Down

The executive director of Wikimedia has voiced concerns that Wikipedia in Russia could be taken offline thanks to the country's new anti-piracy law. The new legislation, which comes into force on August 1, allows copyright holders to have websites blocked if they link to infringing material. Since Wikipedia has millions…

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