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Month: September 2017

Russian Ministry of Culture has proposed its analogue of USA DMCA

Russian Ministry of Culture (MinCult) has proposed amendments to Russian copyright law in order to shut down pirate web-sites very fast and without bureaucracy. According to these amendments, operator of search engine must publish on web-site of search engine its trading name, place and address of residence and email address for communication.

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Russian ministry of culture proposed to repeal permission to distribute movies made for TV

Russian Ministry of Culture (MinCult) has proposed amendments to law on “State support of Russian cinematography”. These amendments repeal permission necessary for distribution of movies in Russian internal market if movies in question have been produced for TV broadcasting. Owners of internet cinemas have a hope that these amendments would also cover online distribution.

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Collective management organisation SIA AKKA/LAA v. Radio SWH

SIA AKKA/LAA (SIA “Autortiesību un komunicēšanās konsultāciju aģentūra/Latvijas Autoru apvienība” –Copyright and Communication Consulting Agency ltd./Latvian Authors Association) is a non-profit organisation founded in Riga by a separate non-profit organisation, the Latvian Authors Association, whose members are various Latvian artists.

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Russian authors’ society sued its former CEO for almost 300 million roubles

Former CEO of Russian authors’ society, Sergey Fedotov, has been found guilty for the fraud. 19th of September Russian court in Moscow has announced the verdict. One and half year imprisonment according to the sentence.

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Russian Roskomnadzor reported its achievements

According to its chief, Aleksandr Zharov, 3700 illegal torrent trackers and online cinemas have been blocked in Russia, the access to 234 of them has been restricted forever. Now the turn is of pirated resources which are not regulated in Russian law.

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SWD Impact assessment on the modernisation of EU copyright rules – EU copyright rules

Copyright and related rights are rights granted to authors (copyright) and to performers, producers and broadcasters (related or neighbouring rights). They include so-called “economic rights” which enable rightholders to control (license) the use of their works (e.g. a novel) and other protected material (such as a record or a broadcast), and be remunerated for their use.

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Draft third edition of USA copyright office compendium – Government Works

Copyright protection under the Copyright Act is not available for “any work of the United States Government,” regardless of whether it is published or unpublished. This includes legislation enacted by Congress, decisions issued by the federal judiciary, regulations issued by a federal agency, or any other work prepared by an officer or employee of the U.S. federal government while acting within the course of his or her official duties. It also includes works prepared by an officer or employee of the government of the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the organized territories under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

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It was proposed to impose sales tax on overseas online retailers in Russia

Russian association of online retailers (AKIT) has developed new amendments to Russian law. These amendments aim to impose additional tax on online outlets selling goods in Russian marketplace. If the companies, who would be obliged to pay new tax, will not pay this tax, the access to their web-sites, i.e. online trading platforms, will be restricted in Russia by Roskomnadzor at the request of Russian tax service.

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Russian Roskomnadzor published draft order regulating implementation of law on VPN services in Russia

In accordance with Russian law on VPN services adopted in Russia, VPN services, operating in Russia, and search engines, facilitating access to VPN services, are obliged to be connected to Russian federal information system, listing informational resources and info-telecommunication networks the access in Russia has been restricted thereto.

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Proposals to Directive on copyright in DSM – Contract and remuneration matters

As authors and performers tend to be in a weaker contractual position when they grant licences or transfer their rights, they need information, to assess the continued economic value of their rights, compared to the remuneration received for their licence or transfer, but they often face a lack of transparency. Therefore, the sharing of adequate information by their contractual counterparts or their successors in title is important for the transparency and balance in the system that governs the remuneration of authors and performers.

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