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Russian regulator pays price for content piracy crackdown

Russian hacking may be as rampant as ever but at least its regulator Roskomnadzor, otherwise known as the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, can offer evidence of a crackdown on content piracy. Allegedly a disgruntled pirate set fire to one of its offices on at least three occasions, with a prosecution case currently ongoing. This has not stopped the regulator continuing to up the ante against pirates in a country where foreign owned rights holders especially had virtually no protection against content theft until just a few years ago. The first major signal of that changing came in August 2015 when Warner Bros Entertainment, as it then was, became the first foreign copyright holder…

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