Russia Won’t Hold Individual File-Sharers Liable, But will Target Piracy Sites

If you live in Russia and enjoy piracy, then you'll probably be delighted to hear that the Russian government thinks it is a waste of time to pursue you or any other person with any kind of serious punishment. Those who are foolish enough to run a piracy website better watch their backs though.

According to TorrentFreak, Vladimir Grigoryev, head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (FAPMC), they have no intention of implementing a system to punish or educate individuals who download copyrighted material:

"We do not plan to hold Internet users liable for downloading as they do in the U.S., where owners of computers can end up in court," Grigoryev said.

Sites who host or otherwise aid and abet illegal downloading of copyright material will be expected to conform to stricter notice and takedown standards if they are to avoid trouble.

"Responsibility [for illegal downloads] will be placed on the owners of pirate websites," Grigoryev said, adding that Russian file-sharers can expect to be subjected to advisory measures similar to those already underway in the United States.

"[File-sharers] will enter an educational campaign," he said, but did not disclose how the system would work.

Source: TorrentFreak

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