Google Opposes Russia’s SOPA as Blocking Legislation Passes First Hurdle

Russia has long struggled with its reputation as being soft on piracy.

Unauthorised websites offering all types of media are perceived as operating with impunity which has led to the country being chastised by foreign rights holders, particularly those from the United States.

In response, Russia has delivered a draft bill detailing the most draconian anti-piracy legislation seen since the demise of the Stop Online Piracy Act. The proposed law is so tough it’s no surprise that critics are labelling it Russia’s SOPA.

One of the main concerns is how the law places site owners in a vulnerable position should copyright-infringing material be found on their services.

The draft envisions copyright holders filing lawsuits against sites carrying infringing content. Site owners are then expected to remove unauthorised content or links to the same within 72 hours. Failure to do so would result in the entire site being blocked by Internet service providers pending the outcome of a court hearing — via

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