Russia mulls pirate penalties

Russia is considering implementing fines for illegal downloading of copyrighted content.

Local media, citing sources familiar with an early-stage proposalå, say it could mimic German laws where illegal downloaders can be fined under cease-and-desist orders capped at ‎around €100 for simple infringement.

Fines would complement the difficult task of having torrent sites shut down, sources told Vzglyad

It comes after Russian President Valdamir Putin in April called Russia's copyright protections "insufficient" and follows attempts to blacklist torrent site ru tracker. ®

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