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The new fines for non-compliance on personal data in Russia

Russian deputies have proposed new fines for persons who don’t comply with Russian law on keeping all personal data within the territory of Russia. The draft law aims to raise liability for non-compliance and provides amendments to Russian administrative code.

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Russian state duma proposed to delete inactive accounts in social networks

One deputy from Russian State Duma has proposed to delete account in social network if it was inactive during one year. The deputy believes if the account owner has died his account and page in social network is to be deleted. So, how to define whether holder of account is still alive – he should post something during the year. If the account – as well as its holder – is silent that means its holder is dead. Simple logic, but implementation of this idea is impossible.

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SWD Impact assessment on the modernisation of EU copyright rules – impacts of first option for the use of protected content by online services

Stakeholder dialogues between rightholders and services which store and give access to large amounts of content uploaded by their users

Due to its voluntary nature, it seems unlikely that stakeholder dialogues will result in sufficient improvements in the take up, efficiency and transparency of technologies in comparison to the possible evolution of the market.

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Ministry of economy dislikes draft on patent compulsory licensing

Russian Ministry of economy (MinEc) dislikes draft proposal on mandatory licensing of patent in the case of threat to life. The proposal drafted by Russian Federal Antitrust Service (FAS) has been not approved by MinEc. In order to proceed with proposal FAS must review it and amend in accordance with MinEc’s comments. But most likely the draft proposal would be thrown out and some provisions, which have been no so criticized, can be transposed to the new draft law.

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Ministry of culture wants to count each film view in online cinemas

Russian Ministry of Culture (MinCult) has proposed to track each film view in online cinema in special system (single federal informational automatic system of data on films demonstrations in cinema spaces). According to MinCult’s idea online cinemas have to connect to this system and provide it with data required and at their own account. Certainly online cinemas don’t like this idea.

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Uber, Gett and Bolt can be forced out of Russian internal market

The Russian legislators have decided to regulate the taxi market in Russia. They have drafted and proposed new law on taxi state regulation in Russia. The cruelest provision of this draft law is the restriction of market opportunities for foreign companies, i.e. for taxi aggregators like Uber, Gett and Bolt. Almost everybody knows that the absence of competition leads to market degradation, but the Russian legislators don’t care about it, they believe they can change the laws of economy.

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SWD Impact assessment on the modernisation of EU copyright rules – impacts of baseline option for the use of protected content by online services

Impact on creative industries’ and right holders’ capacity to control better the availability of their content on user uploaded content services and thereby negotiate with the services the conditions of such use: as the implementation by the services of technologies, such as content identification technologies, will remain voluntary and based on the terms set by the services, it is likely that the baseline scenario will not lead to improvements for rightholders who are likely to continue having difficulties to enter into negotiations and/or negotiate fair terms for the use of their content.

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Russian patent service does not want to have competitor in its field of activity

Russian ministry of communication has drafted new presidential decree on establishment of new public state organisation – Russian intellectual property center. The organisation is to be established with aim to improve state policy in the field of intellectual property, consolidation of state and civil society efforts for development of IP market and increasing of export potential in the terms of shifting to digital economy.

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Russian broadcasters proposed create one vendor for their content

They proposed it to improve distribution of their content in internet; actually they want make money on this distribution and don’t want lose financial opportunities. The operators, who currently don’t pay for distribution of such content, don’t like such proposal – it could cost them significantly.

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New financial conditions for touring of Russian theaters

Russian ministry of culture (MinCult) has changed the financial conditions for touring. The new federal agenda “Major touring” include new criterion defining financial support allocated to Russian theaters in order to help the bear costs associated with touring. For example, new rules preclude opportunity to fly in business class and receive fixed royalties for each performance. The business class will be available only honored artists (so called people’s artist) and art directors.

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