Russian company demanded to block YouTube forever in court

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Ontarget, the developer of tests for evaluating personnel, filed a lawsuit with the Moscow City Court demanding that YouTube be completely blocked in Russia. The Russian company two years ago already won one trial against Google.

Ontarget, a test company for evaluating personnel, filed a lawsuit against copyright Google in the Moscow City Court. The lawsuit will be considered on June 5, follows from the materials of the court.

The CEO and founder of Ontarget LLC (part of the Detech Group) Svetlana Simonenko told Kommersant that some channels on Google’s YouTube-based video service offer job seekers to “trick future employers and pass tests for them,” while posting tests developed by Ontarget. Simonenko noted that Ontarget LLC through the court demands that YouTube be completely blocked on the grounds that these are repeated violations. Earlier, in 2018, the Moscow City Court had already ordered Google to remove controversial content, but it has not yet been deleted.

Blocking a specific page, according to Simonenko, “will not lead to the desired result, new videos appear.” Google did not respond to a request for publication.

In 2018, a Google spokesman called the U.S. company an inappropriate defendant in court, as it does not act as the YouTube hosting provider. The court did not accept this argument, citing data from Roskomnadzor and open sources. In 2019, Google filed an appeal alleging that the Ontarget test videos on YouTube are no longer there. The court decided that this “does not eliminate the threat of a violation of the rights of the plaintiff in the future.” Google’s cassation appeal has not been resolved.

According to experts interviewed by the publication, the Moscow City Court is unlikely to permanently block YouTube for repeated violation. This will lead to a massive restriction of the rights of Russians and is contrary to the spirit of the Civil Code and the Constitution, said Karen Ghazaryan, a leading analyst at the Russian Electronic Communications Association.

The representative of the DLA Piper Rus company, Yulianna Tabastaeva, noted that the Moscow City Court in its practice does not completely block large platforms and this is unlikely even with repeated violations. According to her, only resources that themselves have become violators are subject to eternal blocking in Russia. As an example, the lawyer cited the social network LinkedIn, which refused to store personal data of Russians in Russia, and the resources that distribute pirated books and films systematically.


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