YouTube considering its options on Russia's Pussy Riot video ban
MOSCOW, November 29 – RAPSI. Google’s YouTube will make a decision on blocking the Pussy Riot videos after it reviews a copy of the court ruling, the press service of Google’s Russian office told RIA Novosti.
On Thursday, Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky District Court held Thursday that a video montage that spread across the Internet like wildfire of Pussy Riot's now infamous punk rock prayer qualifies as extremist material, thus upholding prosecutors' efforts to have the footage banned in Russia. As soon as the ruling comes into effect, access to the videos must be blocked.
“YouTube LLC decides whether to block a video or not in the country where the video was found to be in violation of local law,” Google’s press service said.
Google’s representatives said that YouTube LLC must review the court ruling with the URL addresses of the videos, which were found to be in violation of the law, so that it can make a decision.
The judge cited several Internet resources, whose IP-addresses will be added to the filtering list to restrict access to the group’s videos, in the ruling. The resources included Pussy Riot’s blog in LiveJournal.
“LiveJournal’s management has received no injunction from the authorities to limit access to the content in Pussy Riot’s blog in LiveJournal,” Yekaterina Pakhomchik, head of LiveJournal’s press-service, told RIA Novosti.