Facts: Piracy in Russia

  • Russia is the largest country in the world, spanning 11 time zones and boasting a population of 143 million people. It had 67.9 million Internet users in mid-2012, representing 47.7% of the population. (link)
  • Together with China and Colombia, Russia is among the world’s three largest havens of Internet piracy.
  • Russia has the heaviest per capita use of BitTorrent in the world.
  • Russian Internet users download 31 million copies of U.S. movies a year. (link)
  • Russia causes an estimated $4 billion or more in damages to media producers every year.
  • Of the more than 6,000 websites that contain Russian content, only 7 are legal media channels. That’s just 0.12% of the digital content downloaded by Russian-speaking audiences.
  • 81% of movies watched outside of Russian cinemas is pirated. (link)
  • 67% of software downloaded in Russia is pirated. (link)
  • 58% of music downloaded in Russia is pirated. (link)

Russia’s new anti-piracy law:

  • Russia’s new federal law No. 187-FZ “On Amending Separate Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Concerning the Questions of Protection of Intellectual Rights in Information and Telecommunication Networks” entered into force on August 1, 2013.
  • The new law holds information intermediaries accountable for the dissemination of video online. It only applies to video so far, but interested parties, including WebKontrol, are advocating an expansion to software, music, and other media content.
How the Law Works
  • The copyright holder submits an application to the Moscow City Court for an interlocutory injunction against the website containing illegal video. If the court rules to impose an injunction, Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies, and Mass Communication (Roskomnadzor) has three days to inform the Internet service provider of copyright infringement. Upon notification, the service provider has one day to inform the website of the proceedings and request that the pirated material be removed immediately. The website has one day to fulfill this order. In case of failure to do so, the service provider is ordered to limit access to the website.
  • The copyright holder has 15 days from the moment it submits the preliminary application to lodge a notice of claim against the infringing website. If a notice of claim is not filed, the court makes a ruling to cancel the interlocutory injunction.
Where WebKontrol Fits In
  • WebKontrol saves you time, effort, and legal headaches by getting unauthorized video removed at an early stage without resort to the law.
  • The new law comes into play in rare cases of failure to comply with DMCA takedown notices. In this case, you have the right to seek the aid of the Russian authorities to remove the pirated content. WebKontrol can provide you with legal advice on how to proceed.
Good or Bad?
  • WebKontrol is very enthusiastic about the unprecedented adoption of an anti-piracy law in Russia. We firmly believe it to be a step in the right direction towards legalizing and monetizing online content distribution in Russia.