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Facebook in Russia may be fined for pirated books

The Association for the Protection of Copyright on the Internet (AZAPI), which represents the interests of large Russian publishing houses, has contacted the Federal Service for supervision in the field of communications, information technology and mass communications (Roskomnadzor) with a complaint on Facebook.

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Claims are related to the activity the service Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. Recall that one of the largest social networks in the world announced the acquisition of Instagram in the spring 2012 of the year. The deal amounted to approximately $ 1 billion.

Instagram users are claimed to post as video with audiobooks as audio tracks, and links to third-party resources.

The initiators of the process appealed to Roskomnadzor with a demand to bring Facebook to administrative responsibility under Part 2 of Art. 10. 41 of the Administrative Code of Russia – refusal to remove illegal content. The fine under this article can range from 800 thousand to 4 million rubles for legal entities.

According to Vedomosti estimates, the book market in the Russian Federation annually loses 15 – 15% of proceeds from pirate activities. The losses amount to approximately 1.5 billion rubles.

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