Home Law in IT Copyright holders believe that Yandex contributes to the growth of piracy in the country

Copyright holders believe that Yandex contributes to the growth of piracy in the country

by admin

Copyright holders believe that Yandex contributes to the growth of piracy in the country
The other day, the largest companies that create and distribute content in Russia, demanded that Yandex remove links to pirated resources from its search results. The letter itself was addressed to Arkady Volozh, general director of group of companies "Yandex", write "Vedomosti".
The document was signed by several people, including Leonid Agronov, general director of the National Federation of Music Industry, Alexey Byrdin, general director of the "Internet Video" association, Sergey Selyanov, chairman of the Association of Film and Television Producers, and Pavel Stepanov, president of the Media Communications Union. According to the authors of the letter, Yandex, by not removing links to pirate sites, in one way or another contributes to the growth of piracy in the country.
And piracy, in turn, is causing Russian companies significant losses. "We urge Yandex to use all available methods to identify illegal content and remove it both from search results and from Yandex applications and services, " the letter reads.
The search engine has received a proposal to develop and sign a memorandum on the inadmissibility of the distribution of illegal resources. All producers and distributors of content in Russia will be involved in signing the memorandum, as well as copyright holders and search engines available in runet. A similar letter will be sent to Google, it will happen in the near future.
Currently, according to the service SimilarWeb, about 80% of the traffic of pirate sites comes to these sites from search. If we take Yandex as an example, its share is about 78% for the top ten illegal resources.
The authors of the letter say that "Yandex" quite often shows illegal resources in search results, and we are talking about fairly high positions of such sites. Rights holders believe that funds, which "could have been reinvested in the industry by distributing legal content, " go to illegal distributors, who use Yandex’s various features for that purpose. Among others is the search engine’s advertising promotion as a tool for accessing illegal content.
In addition, Yandex.Video shows users players from blocked illegal resources. Mirrors of blocked sites quickly appear at the top of search results.
The appeal of copyright holders also says that the search engine practices removing pirated links from search results, although this only applies to the United States. In other jurisdictions, Yandex removes links to illegal content on the demand of copyright owners.
According to representatives of the search engine, the company operates in full compliance with applicable laws in all countries of operation. "Videos are posted on third-party sites and played in the player from these sites, and the search engine only shows links to these videos. If the video is removed from the source site, the link to that video will not appear in Yandex search, " the company said in its response.
In Russia, a similar scheme works in relation to pirated content; it was first applied in 2013. According to the provisions of the law, if a copyright holder wants to block access to illegal content, he or she must apply to the Moscow City Court. If the latter makes a positive decision, Roskomnadzor notifies the site. If this resource does not remove the disputed content, the service instructs providers to block the resource. If the rights holder manages to prove a systematic violation of the law on the part of this or that resource, the court decides on its "eternal blocking".
The system works pretty quickly, but the problem is that if one resource is blocked, the pirates immediately create its mirror. Since October 1 last year, rights holders have been able to block "mirrors" as well – in just one day. This operation requires neither a court decision, nor the notification of the resource itself.
As for "eternal blocking, " this system has been in place since 2015. According to this system, after repeated violations of the anti-piracy law, sites can be blocked forever. By the end of last year, about 300 pirate sites in Russia were under perpetual blocking, which soon got about 2, 500 mirrors.

You may also like