Putin wants more effective measures to fight piracy in Internet

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes the fears of bad content blocking are not enough grounds to stop the fight against piracy.

During a meeting on issues relating to the development of the Russian film industry, Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky proposed to follow the example of some countries where administrators of some websites block "pirate" content and make it unavailable for downloading.

Putin asked the minister how this mechanism works.

"Right holders send inquiries to websites where illegal content is published. The site checks whether this inquiry is real, whether the right holders are real, and asks the person who posted the content what rights he has to this content. All these things are done within about 24 hours, after which the information is blocked, that is, the products can no longer be viewed or downloaded," Medinsky said.

He reiterated that all these things are done without filing any lawsuits.

The minister emphasized that the Communications Ministry fears that some people will pretend to have copyright, thus hindering the development of the Internet.

"Suppose there is a good site and something has been posted on it. I want to harm this site and write a letter stating that something that belongs to me has been published on this site, and ask for it to be blocked," the minister said, commenting on the scheme for illegal interference in the content of Internet sites.

The president said these fears cannot be enough grounds to stop the fight against piracy.

"Maybe there is something behind it, but it's not grounds to stop these anti-piracy measures," Putin said at the end of the discussion.

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