The court blocked forever online library Flibusta


The Moscow city court ruled on lifetime lock online library Flibusta.net reported April 12, “RIA Novosti” the representative of Moscow city court and confirmed the General Director of Association on protection of rights on the Internet (ISAPI) Maxim Rabika. The trial locking Flibusta.net began in the summer of 2015, and, as written, the resource along with the online library Litmir.me and the torrent tracker Rutracker.org have become Prime candidates for life lock.

Decision on temporary ban, the Moscow city court took out individual pages of the website Flibusta in July 2015. For refusing to remove “pirate” issue by order of the court and the copyright holders Flibusta.net repeatedly completely blocked by Roskomnadzor. This had an impact on site traffic: the number of hits on Flibusta.net 4 million in October 2015 dropped to 163 thousand in March 2016 (statistics Similarweb service). Lock Roskomnadzor technically no different from an eternal lock on anti-piracy act, except that it can be removed legally, and explained Rabika that in the trial represented the plaintiff-the copyright holder — the publishing house “Eksmo”. Flibusta.net at the same time remain available to users outside of Russia or using technical means to bypass the lock.

The online library also bypassed the lock by creating numerous “mirror” copies of the website with similar content. According to Rabuka, “Eksmo” in court tried to prove that flibusta.is and flibusta.me are exact copies of resources, but the court did not consider their repeated violation, so the publisher had to begin the process lock “mirrors” separately. “Now they [“mirror”] has been the primary lock, wait for the entry into force of the decision and will go with the second suit,” says the head of ISAPI.

Lifetime blocking of Internet resources for copyright infringement in Russia is valid from 1 may 2015, when entered into force “anti-piracy” amendments to the law “On information, information technologies and about information protection”. Currently on a perpetual “ban” is over two dozen resources. However lock together with the main site-the violator of his “mirror” the copyright holders can’t yet. For several months representatives of the Ministry of communications together with Roskomnadzor and copyright owners prepare draft of new amendments that would allow for a simplified procedure to block copies of locked resources.

Flibusta.net also known attempt to “revive” the chat-bot in the messenger Telegram, which allows users to download books through the links in the dialog box. The right holders through ASAPI already approached the administration Telegram with the requirement to remove the bot, and after she ignored their letters, asked for intervention from the AppStore and Google Play. According to Rabuka, after this step, the developers of the Telegram came out with the rights holders and the link, replying to an email in Gmail and appearing as a “command Telegram” asking the agreements evidencing the copyright of the content.