Roskomnadzor has offered Google to join anti-piracy Memorandum

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Roskomnadzor has offered Google to join anti-piracy Memorandum, which was signed on 1 November, the largest Russian media holdings and Internet companies, said the Minister.

On Wednesday, the Deputy head of Roskomnadzor Vadim Subbotin met with a representative of Google by Doron Avni. The meeting discussed a wide range of issues on implementation by Google of the provisions of the Russian legislation, the report says.

«Roskomnadzor also invited Google to join anti-piracy Memorandum, which was signed on 1 November 2018 the largest Russian media holdings and Internet companies. The Memorandum provides for removal of illegal content from search results at the request of the right holder and corresponds to the mechanisms used by Google», — stated in the message of Roskomnadzor.

Roskomnadzor, the search engines Yandex, Mail.Ru Group and Rambler, as well as large rights holders — in particular, First channel, VGTRK, «STS Media», «Gazprom-media holding» and «national Media Group», November 1 signed a Memorandum on cooperation in the fight against pirated content online.

The document came into force at the moment of signing and is valid until September 1, 2019. It provides that the right holders within three weeks from the date of signing will create a registry of pointers of pages of sites that are illegal audiovisual works. Making references in the registry will be carried out every hour. Internet services, in turn, undertake every five minutes to go to the registry and within six hours to exclude from search results in Russia included in the registry links.

Rights holders and search engines after signing the anti-piracy Memorandum was agreed on this basis to develop the appropriate draft law within six months. However, as said the head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov, the law may not be necessary, if the mechanism of the Memorandum will be effective. At the same time, the operating and financial Director of «Yandex» Greg Abovsky said that only in the case of drafting an agreement between the parties will be able to operate at full capacity and become the industry standard.

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