Not so long time ago the Russian internet watchdog Roskomnadzor has claryfied that the hyperlink to web-site or web-page, containing informatino forbidden for dissemination in Russia, is also dissemination of information in violation of Russian law. In other words if you place hyperlink to web-site, regardles of its updating with content, you are liable for information on such web-site, even if the operator or owner of such web-site updated such information you have hyperlinked to.
The Russian ministry of communication believes the draft law, recently proposed and introduced to Russian state duma and providing blocking of electronic mail’ and messengers’ users are technically non-feasible. If the service would refuse to block user, it could face penalty up to 1 mln roubles. The ministry dislikes this draft law because it also contradicts to the principle of net neutrality. If the messengers and operators of electronic mail would be force to see and read their users’ correspondence they could migrate to VPN and foreign communication services like Gmail, Yahoo and others.
Russian ministry of education has proposed mandatory licensing for patents but in its original way. The patent can be deprived if the drug, produced under this patent, is intended to be exported. In order to implement it the relevant amendments to the Russian IP code are to be adopted. Under proposed amendments the rights of patent holder can be restricted, but the ministry believes its amendments are in accordance with relevant international law and would implement it.
The new draft law provides obligation on pre-sale installation of applications, designed by Russian developers, on gadgets intended to be sold in Russian internal market. So, if the device already contain necessary minimum of application, designed by foreign, i.e. non-Russian software and application developers, such device is to be forbidden for sale. The gadgets are to be smartphones, computers and TV with smart function.
On other words if the access to certain web-site or online service is restricted in Russia wether under Russian law, court order or prosecutor’s requirement, you would not violate the law by visiting such service. The purpose of blocking is restriction of access, but such restriction should be justified. By why to block certain web-site or service? One of the reasons could be the violation of law. But if the service or web-site is blocked does it mean its availability is forbidden in Russia?
Under this option, press publishers would still need to acquire authors’ authorisation to publish their contributions in a newspaper or a magazine, as they do today. Therefore, the relationship authors-publishers would remain untouched. In contrast, this option would provide these publishers with a substantial added value when it comes to licensing out their publications for online uses by third parties, something that is increasingly important for them in the digital environment.
The Copyright Act recognizes choreography as a distinct category of copyrightable authorship. The statute does not define the term “choreographic works.” However, the legislative history states that this term has a “fairly settled meaning.” The word “choreography” is derived from the Greek words “choreia,” meaning “dance,” and “graphikos,” meaning “to write.” A dance is the “static and kinetic succession of bodily movement in certain rhythmic and spatial relationships.”
The Russian authorities have strong interest in the ways the information, interesting for young people, is disseminated in global network.
First time in Russian legal history the Russian magistrate court has imposed fine on Russian media resource under the Russian law on fake news. The magistrate court has imposed 200 thousand Roubles fine on internet resource and 60 thousand Roubles on chief editor of this resource for dissemination of fake news under Russian administrative code.
The history with Telegramm shows that Russian internet watchdog Roskomnadzor is not able to shut down services blocked under Russian court orders. Moreover, many officials from Russian government and authorities use Telegramm and even sometimes organize a bidding for research of social activity in Telegramm’s community. It is not good for reputation when almost all internet users tell jokes and make memes on RKN’s ability to execute will in relation to restriction of access to internet resources.