Gazprom Media has reached an agreement with Dailymotion, the online video service owned by Vivendi that was permanently blocked in Russia in January this year.
According to Kommersant, the main obstacle now preventing Dailymotion from returning to the country is that the law does not allow for the renewal of access to the service after the imposition of a permanent block. Lawyers are therefore looking for a solution, and one could be by restarting legal proceedings against Dailymotion.
As previously reported by Broadband TV News, the block was imposed by the Moscow City Court after numerous complaints that the online video service was repeatedly violating Russian copyright law by hosting shows from Pyatnitsa, one of the TV channels operated by Gazprom Media.
Now, says Kommersant, quoting a representative of Gazprom Media, Dailymotion has offered clear and transparent mechanisms for tracking illegal copies of Gazprom Media’s TV services. All disagreements between the two parties are therrefore settled.
It is expected that under the terms of the agreement Dailymotion will provide all Gazprom Media’s TV channels – NTV, TNT, Match TV, TV-3, Friday, TNT4 and 2×2 – access to a copyright protection system that will control the distribution of illegal copies of video content. The system automatically detects such content and stops downloading pirated copies. It is also planned to implement a system of blocking user accounts that repeatedly violate copyright, as well to remove all illegally posted shows from Pyatnitsa.
The Moscow City Court ruled in favour of permanent block on Dailymotion last December and it was impoosed after the online service failed to lodge an appeal in time.