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    iFolder.ru & Torrents.ru --- Latest News in English

    Quote Originally Posted by torrentfreak.org

    Torrents.ru Fights Back After Domain Seizure
    Written by enigmax on February 28, 2010

    Last week, Torrents.ru, a massive Russian BitTorrent site had its domain name suspended by order of the authorities. It quickly returned with a new URL but with accusatory fingers being pointed at Autodesk, questions raised over the .RU domain, DDoS attacks and a petition to the Russian President, the drama isn’t over yet.

    rutrackerOn February 18, 2010, RU-Center, Russia’s largest domain name registrar and web-hosting provider, pulled the plug on the Torrents.ru domain name, suspending it with immediate effect and leaving 4 million users and 1 million torrents homeless.

    A representative from RU-Center confirmed that the domain was blocked on the orders of the Investigative Division of the regional prosecutor’s office in Chertanovo district, Moscow, but at that time could not disclose the reasons.

    Subsequently it was revealed that the seizing of the domain was due to violation of Article 146 of the Criminal Code – “Illegal use of objects of copyright or related rights, as well as acquisition, storage, transportation of counterfeit copies of works or phonograms for sale, committed on a large scale”.

    Although Torrents.ru operated a ‘notice and take down’ procedure whereby copyright owners can have torrents removed “no questions asked”, the complaint specifically mentioned software developed by 1C and AutoDesk. Both companies have since denied initiating proceedings against the site but rumors persist that they were somehow involved.

    After so easily losing their domain in the .RU zone, the operators of Torrents.ru weren’t about to take any chances by registering a new domain with the same authority. Within hours the site had relocated to a new domain at rutracker.org, apparently registered from the Bahamas.

    Understandably the Torrents.ru domain seizure has caused quite a stir in Russia. Even though the law allows a month for a dispute to be rectified, RU-Center acted immediately and without being ordered to do so by a court, prompting theories of back-room deals under the influence of US interests. The operators of rutracker.org say that they are prepared to go to court over the case and will complain to ICANN.

    “It was absolutely illegal,” said the owner of Torrents.ru in a recent interview. “We will appeal against it, but in this case it’s not the most important thing. The precedent is created. If you are an owner of domain name in .ru zone, you should know that it can be suspended at any moment by the order of an investigator.”

    Following the domain closure a petition was set up addressed to President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin, asking them to investigate the authorities who are said to have overstepped the limits of their powers. It currently has more than 15,300 signatures.

    Other less conventional responses to the seizure have also been underway, with the Russian Pirate Party reporting that the websites of 1C and online cinema EKinoT have been subjected to DDoS attacks. In January, EKinoT said it would work with the Ministry of Culture to ‘blacklist’ sites which compete illegally with its business – Torrents.ru was one of the sites mentioned along with sharereactor.ru, intv.ru, binmovie.ru and epidem.ru.
    Original story and 60 comments here:
    http://torrentfreak.com/torrentsru-f...seizure-100228


    Not sure which category this should go in, perhaps Lampada wants to move it.

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    Re: Torrents.ru --- Latest News in English

    So they're spinning this on the international level now. Well it would make it *appear* that Russian authorities have actually started to take steps in protecting the copyrights. I think this was the main purpose of this seizure - to imitate some activity under the pressure of rights owners.
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    So you think it's just a game then; someone just wants to be able to say "we take copyright very seriously in Russia, look, we closed all the main sites and can't help it if they move abroad"

    I am pretty shocked at this --- never thought it would come to this in Russia. I thought Russian politicians had better things to do, and that people would not put up with it. Piracy seems to be more widespread in Russia.

    The one problem I could see is that the copyright lobby is rolling in money and can buy just about anyone, anywhere. They might try just that to get at Torrents.ru

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    Re: Torrents.ru --- Latest News in English

    Quote Originally Posted by Johanna
    So you think it's just a game then; someone just wants to be able to say "we take copyright very seriously in Russia, look, we closed all the main sites and can't help it if they move abroad"
    Yes, I think this is the case. Yesterday's pirates switched onto legal railway so they need to protect their interests. I don't think that this action would improve the copyright problem in our country.
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    Re: Agava & Torrents.ru --- Latest News in English

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    http://torrentfreak.com/police-shut-down-russian-rapidshare-100318/[/url]]Police Shut Down ‘Russian Rapidshare’
    Written by enigmax on March 18, 2010

    Russian police have raided a datacenter hosting iFolder.ru, a huge Rapidshare-like site. Their paperwork allowed them to search and gather evidence against a user who uploaded illegal material to the site. Although staff offered 100% co-operation, the police cut the power and sealed the servers in the datacenter, putting iFolder completely out of operation.

    Established in 1998, Agava is one of Russia’s top 5 web hosting companies employing around 300 people. Last night, police investigators arrived at a datacenter where Agava has some of its operations.

    The investigators had a self-awarded warrant which allowed them to conduct a search in order to retrieve evidence located on servers used by Agava client iFolder.ru, a large file-hosting service and Russia’s 51st most-visited site

    The police had been working on an investigation into an individual who used iFolder to upload child pornography a while ago. The person was caught by the police, but investigators wanted to search to see if he had uploaded more material.

    Agava employees offered their full co-operation in assisting them to find the data in question. However, the police turned down the offer and insisted they were going to seize all of Agava’s servers, more than 100 in total, and waited for several hours for a vehicle to come and collect them.

    In the end the mass seizure did not take place but police did cut the power and seal them all off. Some of those affected are Agava’s primary DNS servers, but fortunately their secondary units were unaffected.

    “Agava considers this unprecedented event as putting in jeopardy and dimming the future of every business in RuNet,” said the company in an announcement. “We are determined to challenge and overcome the excessive and destructive actions we encountered, to protect our customer’s interests. We thank our clients in advance for their patience, and for media and other support they provide us with.”

    Even though the police have stated they have no problem with iFolder continuing its operations, the investigation has rendered the site completely non-operational. On a normal day, 180,000 people upload or download from the service resulting in 1.5 million pageviews. Total users per month is around 4.3m.

    This action against iFolder follows the unilateral decision to seize the domain name of Russia’s biggest torrent site, Torrents.ru.
    http://torrentfreak.com/police-shut-...dshare-100318/


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