Russian Court Moves to Shield ‘Entourage' From Piracy

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By Sergei Blagov

Aug. 11 — A Russian government agency must ensure that 16 websites do not allow users to access pirated copies of the “Entourage” movie, according to a Russian court ruling released Aug. 11.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. stated in an Aug. 6 petition that the 16 websites were illegally offering downloads of the movie, which was released in Russia on July 30.

The Moscow municipal court directed the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (the Federal'naja sluzhba po nadzoru v sfere massovyh kommunikacij i svjazi, known as “Roskomnadzor”) to ensure that the piracy is halted.

In 2013, Russia enacted Federal Law No. 187-FZ, to combat the illegal downloading of movies.

According to the law, the Moscow municipal court was selected to review all petitions of copyright holders over alleged infringements. This court was authorized to order websites offering pirated video content to be blocked.

However, Federal Law No. 187-FZ, effective as of Aug. 1, 2013, set forth no penalties against downloaders of pirated movies.

In November 2014, the Russian authorities enacted Federal Law No. 364-FZ to protect more creative works from illegal downloading.

This law applies to all forms of copyrighted content, including music, books and software, but excluding photographs. Federal Law No. 364-FZ took effect on May 1.

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Text of Ruling No. 2i-241/2015, dated Aug. 7 and released on Aug. 11, is available in Russian at:

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