A cloud hosting provider has been ordered to pay $250,000 in fines and penalties for copyright infringement in Russia.
CloudFlare, a popular hosting service, was fined $25,000 by the Federal Anti-Corruption Agency (BKA) after an investigation found that it had failed to remove content infringing the copyrights of two local films.
The films were The Life of Pi and The Last Exorcism.
The Russian court ruled that CloudFlares copyright infringement had not been a criminal offense and it was not an attempt to steal intellectual property.
The decision was made at the request of the BKA, the Russian Federal Anti -Corruption Service (RosKomskoye Supremo), the Ministry of Culture and the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFF).
CloudFlares Chief Operating Officer Vadim Ponomarev explained in a statement that the court’s decision was in line with the court orders in the United States.
“We will fight this decision, which was made in accordance with the law, and will appeal this decision to the Russian courts.
We respect our Russian court and hope that the decision will be upheld by the Russian Supreme Court,” Ponomaresv said.
In the United Kingdom, the case is a similar one, but it’s a more straightforward one.
The Court of Appeal of England and Wales ruled that the defendant was liable for infringement under the UK Copyright Act.
The ruling states that, in order to be liable, the defendant must “knowingly or recklessly” infringe on a copyright and has not done so “without lawful justification”.
In the case of CloudFlaring, however, the court ruled in favor of the company, noting that the defendants had made no attempt to remove any infringing content from their servers.
Cloudflare was not available for comment.