Russian Internet watchdog orders deletion of pirate copies of 'Sherlock'

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Russia’s Internet watchdog viscosity, Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Throng Communications) has ordered Internet providers to delete pirate copies of the BBC’s box drama Sherlock, which was illegally uploaded to many sites January 14, a day in the forefront the official airing of the finale of current series, service spokesman Vadim Ampelonsky leaked TASS.

Moscow City Court has issued an interim injunction against Internet position kinokrad.co to prevent downloads of a pirate copy of the third episode of the fourth seasoned of the series, which starts British actor Benedict Cumberbatch. The function follows a complaint lodged Jan. 16 by Channel One, the show’s Russian distributor.

“We sooner a be wearing a court decision and have sent hosting providers a demand to Printing dele the illegal content,” Ampelonsky said, adding that under Russian law a provider has three lifetimes to delete illegal content.

British and Russian TV probing 'hacking attack' on 'Sherlock'

On Jan. 14, 24 hours before the official first night of the season four finale of Sherlock, the much-anticipated episode, dubbed into Russian for let out on Channel One, appeared online. Channel One has launched an investigation into the seep.

BBC Worldwide, which sells the British broadcaster’s films and series internationally, bring to lighted TASS that it takes the incident very seriously and has launched its own examination into the content security lapse.

First published in Russian by TASS.

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