Moscow court blocks access to pirated versions of Game of Thrones
MOSCOW, November 11 (RAPSI) – On Tuesday, The Moscow City Court under the anti-piracy law has blocked access to 14 websites which distribute the pirated versions of several western series including Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley, according to the court’s official site.
The court compelled the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media to secure technical requirements for the suspension of the series’ distribution. The court also limited access to Boardwalk Empire, Veep, True Blood, Extant, Girls, Ray Donovan, Power and The Knick.
The court ruling may be appealed within 15 days.
Game of Thrones is an adaptation of “A Song of Ice and Fire,” a series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin, the first of which was published in 1996 and is titled “A Game of Thrones.” Set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, the series chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among the realm’s noble families for control of the Iron Throne. The show features “medieval” violence and the often unexpected but logical death of many of its main characters. This sometimes shocks viewers, but it has also given the series a breakthrough approach in terms of series scriptwriting.
The anti-piracy law took effect in Russia on August 1, 2013, despite protests from Internet companies. It sets out the legal grounds and procedure for limiting access to websites that distribute movies and TV films in violation of copyright. The law also sets out the rules for bringing to account or condoning information brokers (Internet and hosting providers).