MOSCOW, July 3 (RAPSI) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on blocking copies of websites containing illegal information (mirror websites), according to the document published on the official website of judicial acts.

The State Duma passed the bill on June 23 and the Federation Council adopted it on June 28.

The law was drafted based on examination of practice of blocking forever websites, which repeatedly and illegally distributed information containing objects of copyright and (or) related rights, or information required for procurement thereof with the use of data telecommunications networks. The examination has revealed some deficiencies including inapplicability of prompt measures regarding automatically created “mirrors” of the blocked websites.

The law introduces the term “derived Internet site” (mirror website) into Russian legislation and prescribe the procedure of access restriction to such webpages on grounds of rights holders’ reference to the Moscow City Court. The law also obliges search systems providers to delete information on such websites from the search results.