Music producers advocated the creation of a “white” list of sites with legal content

26.06.2019

Any removal of pirated links entails the immediate emergence of new ones, so the creation of a “white” list of sites with legal content would be an effective way to combat piracy. Experts interviewed by TASS expressed this opinion.

“Any removal of pirated links entails the appearance of new links, only they are tens of times more. The latest links become the first ones. The link from the tenth page appears on the first,” said Oleg Nekrasov, CEO at Monolit Publishing House.

In this situation, he believes the only reasonable solution would be to switch to the white list. “This will allow to qualitatively improve the anti-piracy system and protect the investments of content producers,” Nekrasov added.

According to the CEO of the Publishing House, online cinemas are in dire need of a “white list”. “Online cinemas are now investing a lot of money in the production of their own video content. “TNT Premier”, “Start”, “OKKO”, “ivi ”, for example. A court or Roskomnadzor [*Roskomnadzor is a federal executive body responsible for control and supervision in the field of media, including electronic media and mass communications] are like a hole in the head to them. You must also understand that in Russia there are 11 time zones. If the first episode of a popular series was released in Vladivostok, while Roskomnadzor or the court “wake up” there will be no sense in defense, because all links will be replicated on the Internet,” says the expert.

Alexander Blinov, CEO at Warner Music Russia, also supports this initiative. “We see the growth of piracy in the mobile ecosystem. A significant part of the music is consumed through pirated apps hosted on Google Play and the Appstore. Every day, “mirrors” of pirated resources appear. Therefore, we believe that legislation should go further, become even more implacable to piracy. <…> A solution that could give a real effect and serve the growth of the market is a list of legal resources. They should become the cornerstone of the law,” said Blinov.
According to the Director of the Effective Records record company, Dzham Kirill Lupinos, the absurdity of the situation is that “the users themselves are ready to consume the content legally, no one wants bad quality, advertising, etc., but sometimes they just have no other way. Removing links, closing sites is chasing, not a fight. The idea of a “white” registry here seems logical and easy to implement.”

Earlier, Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky announced the introduction of new amendments to anti-piracy legislation to the State Duma. The project, in particular, proposes to introduce a list of information that the site owner is obliged to post about himself, for example, name, address, location, email address. In addition, it is proposed to reduce the time for making court decisions on violations regarding the observance of rights to content on the network, as well as to allow copyright holders to contact the provider directly with a claim on removal of illegal content.