'Patriotic' Russian Media Group Gets the Go-Ahead
Warner Bros. took advantage of Russia's tightened anti-piracy legislation, which now offers a simpler procedure for rights holders to claim copyright violations.
Under the current legislation, a rights holder can send a request to a web site that carries illegitimate material, demanding its deletion, and, if the web site's owner does not respond, the rights holder can go to court and demand that access to the content in question be blocked. A ruling from a court normally takes between hours and days to be enacted.
Warner Bros., which doesn't have a Russian office and operates here via a distributor, Karo Premier, filed the lawsuit directly and was represented in court by the local company Webkontrol.
The Russian business daily Vedomosti quoted Webkontrol's lawyer Lina Gevorgyan as saying that Warner Bros. will try to get the pirated resources completely shut down.
"Warner wants viewers who want to watch the movie, to watch it in theaters in the best quality rather than a poor-quality illegal copy," she said.
Earlier this year, Russian authorities said that the tightened copyright protection legislation, which was enacted in 2013, has already had a positive impact on legitimate online sales of movies.
This story was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.