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Month: August 2018

Yandex gets ready to the battle with right holders

Right holders in Russia claim Yandex does not do enough to fight piracy, it could be said otherwise – right holders accuse Yandex of facilitating internet piracy in Russia. Certainly Yandex denies all accusation and claim it works strictly in accordance with current Russian law, including copyright law. Right holders don’t believe Yandex. They believe Yandex makes money on piracy.

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SWD IA on EU copyright modernisation – impacts of second option for use of protected content in digital and cross-border teaching activities

Mandatory exception for digital uses for the purpose of illustration for teaching, including across borders

Option 2 would bring a high degree of legal certainty to educational establishments and teachers across all MS. This could lead in the short term to an increased use of illustrative resources and an enriched learning environment for students. The actual impacts on education institutions would vary between MS, depending on how the optional teaching exception has been implemented so far and on the licensing mechanisms in place.

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Third edition of USA copyright office compendium – musical works

For purposes of copyright registration (draft), musical works (which are also known as musical compositions) are original works of authorship consisting of music and any accompanying words. Music is a succession of pitches or rhythms, or both, usually in some definite pattern.

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Russian authorities decided to inspect concert activity subject to compliance with Russian tax law

Despite the economic situation in Russia some Russian and foreign artists make money on concerts in Russia. Do they mention the revenues from their concert activity in Russia in their tax returns? Some of them yes and pay taxes through the legal entities; some of them – mostly Russians – prefer to receive cash. It is simple for them and let them save sometimes “a lot of money” on “transaction costs” (lawyers, bookkeepers etc.).

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The paradox of Russian law system – the law is in force but impossible to be implemented

One famous Russian writer once has said: the rigor of the Russian law is diminished by their disregard. It should be added at the end “at all levels”. In 2017 in Russia it has been adopted a law on online video services. It is very rigorous. For example, if Netflix would like to operate in Russia it has to receive governmental approval. But the situation is not simple for Russian legal system and very lucky for Netflix, YouTube and similar services.

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Russian TV channels asked the court to block Yandex for copyright infringement

Russian TV channels, belonging to major Russian media holding Gazprom Media, have applied to Moscow court for preliminary measures in relation to Russian search engine Yandex for copyright infringement. The court sided with applicants and notified Russian internet watchdog Roskomnadzor thereof.

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Russian Central Bank wants to expand the scope of its right to block web-sites in Russia

A new draft law is developing in order to provide the Russian Central Bank with authority to restrict access to certain web-sites in Russian without court order. The draft law is targeted at web-sites used for financial fraud. For Russian financial regulator it is irrelevant whether web-site is hosted or operated in Russia or overseas. Currently the draft law passes the interdepartmental consideration and the final version should be agreed near future.

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Major Russian media companies have taken off their online broadcasting from main Yandex’s main page

A few major Russian media companies – Gazprom Media, National Media Group and The First Channel – have taken off their online broadcastings from main page of Russian search engine Yandex’s due to piracy accusations. Media companies not alone in their concerns. Not so long time ago right holders in entertainment content have accused Yandex of piracy.

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The use of word “Origami” in its literal meaning is not a trademark infringement

One natural person has registered trademark in Russia. According to registration this natural person was stated as owner of exclusive rights in trademark in question in the form of paper crane. The trademark has been registered for the sushi. After the registration this person has concluded asset management agreement with ltd company and three individual enterprises, Individual enterprises were asset managers. The rights owner was the constitutor of asset management under the concluded agreement.

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Russian major bank Sberbank has been accused of copyright infringement

This year the Russia hosted World Football Championship 2018. There were many fascinating moments during the championship, including the short video of Brazilian football fan. This video became popular and turned into different memes. Sberbank proposes to its existing and potential customers to choose their own design of Visa- or MasterCard, including design with famous Brazilian fan.

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