Press "Enter" to skip to content

Month: October 2018

Russia is ready for parallel import

The Russian Federal Antitrust Service has developed new amendments to Russian law and these amendments are a very unpleasant surprise for business. Amendments to Russian civil code would legalize parallel import in Russia in 2021. The business warns this law innovation would cause depletion of investments in Russian economy.

Comments closed

Russian state duma rejected the proposal to exclude motivation part from courts decisions

The relevant committee at the Russian state duma has considered the judicial reform proposed by the Russian Supreme Court. According to the proposal the Russian judges would have the right to state only resolution – i.e. resolute part – in their decisions without rationale – i.e. motivational part – explaining the reasons and logic of decision. In other words reform would allow the judged to simple decide – yes or no – and litigating parties would have receive rationale under separate procedure.

Comments closed

Federal Antitrust Service proposed new reasons for blocking of web-sites in Russia

Russian Federal Antitrust Service (FAS) currently is working on amendments to Russian antitrust law in order to improve competition in online environment. The new set of amendments aims to restrict access to online resource if the last violate Russian antitrust law.

Comments closed

Russian draft law restricts foreign ownership of news aggregators to 20%

The new draft law – amendments to Russian law on information, its protection and informational technologies – has been introduced to Russian state duma. These amendments aim to limit permissible ownership share in news aggregators, operating in Russia, for foreign persons. All major Russian-baked news services – Mail.ru and Yandex.News – do not comply with proposed requirements.

Comments closed

SWD IA on EU copyright modernisation – impacts of first option for text and data mining

Fostering industry self-regulation initiatives without changes to EU legal framework

Public interest research organisations could potentially benefit from more legal certainty as a result of a convergent industry approach to TDM fostered by the Commission through structured stakeholder dialogues. This could also limit to some extent the right-clearance costs. However, the effectiveness of this option is largely dependent on the willingness of the different parties to reach mutually satisfactory solutions.

Comments closed

Third edition of USA copyright office compendium – musical work registration issues

A musical work and a sound recording of that work are separate works. For example, the song “America the Beautiful” and a recording of Whitney Houston singing “America the Beautiful” are two distinct works. The song itself (i.e., the music and lyrics) is a “musical work.” An audio recording of that song performed by a particular artist is a “sound recording.”

Comments closed

It was proposed to penalize search engines, social networks, emails and messengers for illegal content

The League of safe internet proposed Russian authorities to penalize owners of social networks and search engines for dissemination of forbidden information in Russia. The specific of this proposal is binding the size of fine to turnover of social network or search engine. The fine could be up to 1-2% of annual turnover. Such penalty could destroy entire business of internet companies.

Comments closed

Yandex agreed to de-index URLs to illegal content without court order

At the meeting with right holders, internet companies, state authorities, like Roskomnadzor, and other stakeholders, Yandex agreed to sign anti-piracy memorandum, but under condition – this memorandum is to be signed by Mail.ru. This memorandum provides creation of new entity – Association of internet services, which would be responsible for creation, development and maintaining of “piracy register” (register of web-sites with illegal content).

Comments closed

Yandex has been struck by right holders again, but from other side

Russian association on protection of copyright in internet (AZAPI) asked Russian internet watchdog – Roskomnadzor – to penalise Russian search engine Yandex because the last still indexes URLs to web-sites, blocked in 2016 – librusec and Rutracker. This is first time when the representatives of right holders apply the new law entered into force in September. The law provides fine up to 700 thousands Roubles if the subject of regulation fails to comply with law.

Comments closed

How Russian Ministry of Culture proposes to fight piracy?

Russian Ministry of Culture (MinCult) believes the current Russian law, providing restriction of access to pirate web-sites or illegal content in online environment, is outdated for today realities. Now it is not enough just bring the lawsuit against copyright infringers and seeking restriction of access, it is more simple and faster to block web-site without court order. MinCult believes it is better to restrict access without participation of court order – just at the request of right holder.

Comments closed