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Yandex Has Less Than 48 Hours to Tackle Piracy or Get Blocked

Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:21 pm

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Russian search giant Yandex is facing a copyright crisis. Late last week the Moscow City Court handed down a ruling that required Yandex to remove links to pirated content owned by Gazprom-Media. On Monday, that instruction was reiterated by telecoms watchdog Roscomnadzor. If Yandex does not take action by Thursday, its video platform will be blocked by the country's ISPs.

Despite having some of the toughest laws on the planet for tackling the appearance of pirate content, the copyright infringement wars in Russia appear to be intensifying.

Last week, to protest the existence of ‘pirate’ content in search results, major broadcasters Gazprom-Media, National Media Group (NMG), and others removed their TV channels from Yandex’s ‘TV Online’ service. The media companies said that they would only allow their content to appear again if Yandex removes pirated content completely.

In a statement to Interfax Tuesday, Deputy Head of Roskomnadzor Vadim Subbotin warned that (which is also available under will be blocked Thursday night (August 30) if the pirate links aren’t removed.

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