Russia is the latest country to introduce anti-piracy legislation, but according to TorrentFreak, last week’s new laws focused on films and TV shows. Now it claims that the Russian Ministry of Culture is planning to expand its coverage to include music, text and images. As it stands, the legislation pressures websites to remove infringing content when notified by a rightsholder, or face having their domain blocked. The suggestion that only “high value” video content is worth protecting looks set to be amended according to local news reports, with the Ministry’s amendments also expected to force websites to display their office addresses online, and host a form to make copyright takedown requests easier to file. The amendments will be debated by the Russian parliament this week, with the existing legislation already having aroused the opposition of internet firms including Google.

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