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Russian ministry submits tougher antipiracy bill to government

June 04, 2014, 12:21 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, June 04. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Communications Ministry has submitted an amended antipiracy bill, seeking to ban websites for the release of one-two hyperlinks to disputable content and introduce a fine up to 1 million rubles for a failure to block websites with pirated content, to the government, business daily Kommersant reported Wednesday.

“The amendments are a consorted position of the Culture Ministry and the Communications Ministry,” Deputy Culture Minister Grigory Ivliyev told the daily.

Ivliyev said that the changes had already been agreed upon with Internet companies.

The bill intends to protect all kinds of content, including audio, video and music, as well as scripts. Website owners and hosting providers will face fines amounting to 150,000-300,000 rubles for individuals, 300,000-600,000 rubles for officials, and from 500,000 to 1 million rubles for legal entities.

An Internet resource may be banned on the Russian territory for repeated violations of exclusive rights for content.

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