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YouTube fights Russian public safety agency's video ban

Loek Essers | Feb. 14, 2013
Google's video site, YouTube, is challenging a Russian federal agency's ban on one of the videos it hosts in a bid to clarify the effects of a law some Russian IT companies say could lead to Internet censorship.

YouTube will probably win the lawsuit against the consumer regulator, said Vladimir Medeyko, director of Wikimedia Russia, the organization that runs the local version of Wikipedia, via instant message. His organization has been a vocal opponent of the new legislation.

"However, it won't have a significant influence on the law and related practices, I think," Medeyko said, adding that it is the duty of the alleged offender to prove its innocence and not the regulators' duty to prove guilt. YouTube's decision to sue the regulator after it blocked the video is in line with what the law aims to do, he said. "So the case will just be used to claim that the law works perfectly," he added.

If there are more lawsuits like this one things might change, because they might have a social effect, Medeyko said. "But only if there are lot of them."

 

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