How Berlusconi's Company Blocked Off vKontakte and File-Hosting Sites in Italy

The Russian Facebook and several file hosting sites, including Rapidgator, will be blocked

By on November 19th, 2013 10:08 GMT

The Russian social network vKontakte is getting completely blocked out in Italy, along with Rapidgator.

Following an order from the Court of Rome, the two sites will be subject to a nationwide blackout. The decision comes after a movie distribution company controlled by Silvio Berlusconi filed a complaint, TorrentFreak reports.

The move is already causing some waves, with people becoming concerned for the future of the Internet, as some extensive overblocking could soon be happening.

The issue Medusa Film, a company owned by Mediaset, a communications and media giant founded by Silvio Berlusconi and owned by his family, complained that vKontakte was hosting a copy of one of its films. Not only did the Russian version of Facebook have to pay, but also other file-hosting sites that are making their content available.

And that’s how hosting site Rapidgator.net, one of the largest sites of its kind, ended up on the list of sites that will get blocked, alongside movshare.net, nowvideo.ch, upshared.com, nowdownload.ch, topvideo.tv, and videopremium.tv.

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