More than 280 websites are currently being blocked by Russian ISPs, according to the telecoms body Roscomnadzor. It has provided an update on how the new copyright regulations are working in Russia, with sites from The Pirate Bay downwards now blocked – and facing the threat of these blocks being made permanent if they are found to be ‘repeat offenders’.

In fact, that’s about to happen to music filesharing site ProstoPleer according to TorrentFreak: industry body NFMI has applied for a “constant block” on the site after negotiations to remove copyrighted content broke down. NFMI wants to take advantage of a declaration from the Russian government that “the systematic violation of intellectual property rights will result in sites providing access to stolen content being blocked forever”.

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