Russian ministry of culture (MinCult) believes current system of private copying levy is outdated. The text of developed and proposed amendments is not published yet. The target of changes is Russian governmental decree # 829 “About remuneration for free reproduction of phonograms and audiovisual works for private purposes”.
“The list of taxable equipment and mediums used for free reproduction of phonograms and audiovisual works for private purposes along with determined rates of remuneration payable by manufacturers and importers of such equipment and media has been adopted in 2010. Currently it needs to be corrected.” – stated in information about developed amendments. It is also proposed to exclude provisions referring to contractual procedure of remuneration payment making by importers and manufacturers. Obligation to pay private copying levy arises on ground of article 1245 of Russian Civil Code, but doesn’t arise from agreement between collective management organisation, accredited by state to collect private copying levy, and subject, obliged to pay this private copying levy.
Other state authority, Russian Ministry of economic development, also works on list of taxable equipment and mediums. “Final decision has been not made, but the work is already started.”