A bill recently introduced to the Russian parliament seeks to expand and extend the praised existing law to combat online piracy with new actions, including accelerating the process of deindexing search engines for sites that contain pirated content.

The project, written by Sergei Boyarski, vice chairman of the State Duma Committee for Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications, follows the path already traveled previously, when in 2018 a centralized database of allegedly pirated content was created, which Internet platforms could consult to take actions quickly and automatically.

This same database, created under the impulse of the main media companies and distributors in the country and in agreement with search engines such as Yandex, would summarize, under the new law, information on content protected by copyright, presented with a more vision insight into who the holders of those rights are, making it even easier for search engines active in Russia to identify and take action against the infringer.

“Implementation of the provisions provided for by the draft federal law will allow us, taking into account the accumulated experience, to consolidate a new mechanism for the protection of copyright and related rights, make it accessible to a wider circle of copyright holders, provide them with equal conditions for access to the protection of their rights, as well as to extend the obligation to stop issuing links to works illegally posted on the Internet in Russia’s search engines,” reads the Boyarsky draft law , according to TorrentFreak.

Search engines will have six hours to deindex content identified as pirated. “This time frame to take action has been proven in practice and is because owners of illegal Internet resources are trying to crawl blocked links and automatically generate duplicate page indexes for inclusion in search results,” explains the text of the project.

The text also includes mechanisms so that those site owners who feel that the deindexing of their website was wrong can file a complaint and seek to reverse the situation. If proven correct, search engines will have another six hours, but this time to return the URL to their engines.

It also exonerates search engines from liability in the event that a mistake is made that harms right holders or Internet users.

Source: Torrent Freak

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