Russian Court Orders Ban on Website Linked to Pirate Bay

Russian Court Orders Ban on Website Linked to Pirate Bay
# 11 December 2013 04:05 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. A court in Russia has ordered a block on a website owned by a co-founder of the torrent tracker Pirate Bay over alleged illegal copies of a hit World War II movie, APA reports quoting RIA Novosti.

Moscow City Court imposed the ban Tuesday over access to the 2013 Russian blockbuster “Stalingrad” on the Rutor.org site, according to the court’s press service.

Rutor.org is owned by a co-founder of Pirate Bay and is one of Russia’s most popular torrent trackers. It is hosted by Swedish provider PRQ, run by Gottfried “anakata” Svartholm, who is now in a Swedish jail.

Russian internet providers now have to block access to alleged pirated copies of the film on the site. It remained unclear whether the rest of Rutor.org would be affected by the order or just the pages concerning “Stalingrad.

Several similar lawsuits against PRQ and Svartholm are pending in the Moscow City Court.

Svartholm, 29, is one of four co-founders of Pirate Bay who were convicted in 2008 of “assisting in making copyright content available.” His appeal is pending in a Swedish court.

Svartholm was jailed for two years last June on unrelated charges of hacking into Swedish taxpayer data.

Russian courts have had powers since July to impose provisional bans on websites accused of film piracy before ruling on the content’s legality.

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