Russian Websites To Go Blackout Mode to Protest Against Anti-Piracy Law
After going through a number of different protests and petitions, we managed to silence the SOPA and PIPA bills. It was made possible thanks to hundreds of websites who went into blackout mode to protest against these laws. Although, this anti-piracy virus is still active in some parts of the world. And the Russian websites are going to be the latest victims of it.
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Russian government has passed down a new legislation, which mainly hopes to take down sites with content regarding copyright infringement. According to Torrent Freak, the new law goes into active mode starting August 1st, allowing copyright holders to file lawsuits against copyright infringing sites. “Site owners will be required to remove content and links to content within 72 hours, or face their entire domain being blocked at the ISP level pending the outcome of a court hearing.”
This law will also threaten other popular Internet companies such as Google and Wikipedia, forcing them to filter contents from millions of their users. So, to protest against this legislation, thousands websites will go into “SOPA-style” blackout on August 1.
“Blocking websites without a trial violates the presumption of innocence,” Pirate Party of Russia press secretary Natalia Malysheva told TorrentFreak. ”The law does not address the systemic problems of copyright and its tightening will lead to a violation of the rights of Internet users. Therefore, this law should be repealed.”
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