YouTube and Yandex.Video may block in Russia
The Moscow City Court’s appeals department upheld Exmo’s statement about taking action against YouTube and Yandex.Video. Two such cases can lead to perpetual blocking of services.
The reason is the illegal placement of the audio version of the book “The Task of Three Bodies” by the writer Liu Qixin. Now Yandex and Google are obliged to remove all pirated copies or get blocked in the territory of the Russian Federation. Company representatives have not yet commented on the situation.
The Exmo-AST group, one of the largest book publishers, intends to get YouTube and Yandex.Video to voluntarily remove all illegal content related to books.
We are ready to go to court with other books. If the complaints are satisfied, we can insist on the eternal blocking of Yandex.Video and YouTube in Russia.
Sites that do not meet the requirements for removing pirated content may be blocked forever. The extreme measure has been in force in Russia since 2015 and comes into force after a repeated violation.