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Russian IP court: there is no copyright infringement without IP object

The Russian accredited collecting society (CMO) collecting royalties for copyright in musical works has sued Russian cinema holding, seeking royalties for synchronization right. RAO has proposed cinema holding to conclude agreement for synch right, but the cinema has refused. Therefore RAO has filed suit. In the suit CMO has placed the list of audiovisual works and one author to each relevant AV work.

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Camcording can be punishable in Russia

The Russian ministry of culture (MinCult) has drafted the law providing amendments to the Russian administrative code. These amendments made camcording punishable and provide liability therefore. The aim of the draft law is to eliminate the main resource of piracy – the camcording. Many believe the pirates get movie releases only from cinemas because very often the right holders find in internet the leaked movies of cam quality.

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Russian enforcement authorities explained what is insulting of authority

The Russian ministry of internal affairs (MIA) has drafted special paper, some king of clear explanation, describing what is insulting of state authority bodies or institutions. But the most important thing is that this paper or, if more officially, methodical recommendations, are not of obligatory nature. In other words recommendations only “recommend” and authorities can apply the new law on punishment for insulting of authorities at their own discretion.

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Roskomnadzor’s reciprocal mass media regulation in Russia

Russian internet watchdog Roskomnadzor (RKN) has decided to transpose the British approach to mass media regulation into Russia. Such decision has been made on reciprocal principle. The new supposed regulation is to be applied only to foreign mass media; the Russian mass media should be regulated as usual. UK regulator Ofcom has imposed on Russia Today because it believes RT has violated the principle of objectivity.

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First challenging of theatrical distribution of movies in constitutional court

Russian movie theatrical distributor has filed complaint to Russian constitutional court in order to challenge the rules for theatrical distribution. The distributor believes these rules are of censorship nature. The complaint states on violation of freedom and rights by the actions of Russian ministry of culture (MinCult). MinCult has the rights to shift release dates almost of any film in Russia or repeal the permission for theatrical distribution at all.

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It was proposed to define what “internet crime” is

The Russian commissioner for human rights – Tatyana Moskalkova – has proposed to define in law what the internet crime is. She believes new definition would help people to avoid prosecution for repost and sharing in social networks. The relevant committee in the Russian Council Federation believes such proposal deserves attention and should be considered.

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The Russian draft law on digital profile

The group of Russian senators has introduced to Russian state duma new draft law on digital profile. According explanation note the draft law addresses the matter of rules and common approaches necessary to governing the issues of legally significant remote identification and authentication of persons with legal consequences in matters non-relevant to providing of state services and functions. The draft law defines identification, authentication and digital profile of person.

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Russia wants create unified database on all Russians

The Russian government has introduced new law to Russian state duma. This draft law provides creation of one database containing all information on each Russian citizen. There should be data on birth, name, basic documents confirming certain status of persons, relationships with other persons and estate.

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What the Russian segment of internet would consists of?

The new Russian law on internet autonomy implies its protection, namely protection of Russian segment of internet. But what exactly includes the so called Russian segment of internet? The internet it is worldwide network. In order to connect to something or with someone you should know address. The addresses mostly are in English. Even the main Russian domain zone is in English – ru. It is not so simple task for Russian legislators to define what the Russian segment of internet should include or imply.

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Russian MinCom proposes to use VPN for all internet communications the experts believes

The Russian ministry of communication in order to implement the law on Russian internet autonomy or sovereignty has drafted new rules on protection from phishing. The experts from Russian union of manufacturers and entrepreneurs have analyzed this proposal and were shocked. According to their opinion the new rules provide mandatory shifting to VPN by all market participants. It is impractical and surreal they believe.

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