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Month: July 2016

It seems atmosphere surrounding Russian authors’ society is getting worst

Roman Abramov, the president of Federation of Intellectual Property, stated about threats to his address in connection with “RAO case”. Chairman of this federation is famous director Nikita Mihalkov, he is also president of the council of Russian Union of Right holders collecting private copying levy in Russia under state accreditation.

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Russian Facebook “Vkontakte” intends to monetize music which people upload and listen there

Russian social network VKontakte has reached arrangements with three majors and now it thinks how to recoup legalisation of opportunity for its users to listen music for free. It could make paid options for musical part of its service. The way the users consume music would also be “rethought”.

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Oedenberg’ and other’s amendments to Pavel Svoboda’s draft report on EU action plan to enforce IP rights

Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg

The EU faces a high number of intellectual property rights infringements, whereas the volume and financial value of these infringements are alarming, as reported by the Commission in its report on the application of the Directive on the enforcement of intellectual property rights; in spite of the small reduction in the number of packages suspected of infringing intellectual property rights, customs authorities noted as many as 87 000 incidents of such abuses in 2013, while the value of the 36 million articles seized is estimated at more than EUR 768 million.

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Almost half of artists and writers are self-employed

The cultural and creative sectors are a driver of economic growth, job creation and external trade. That is why culture is becoming increasingly important at EU level. Eurostat compiles statistics on culture from several data collections conducted at EU level to provide policy-makers and other users with information on the main trends in employment, business, international trade, participation and consumption patterns in the field of culture. If you don’t want to read all this stuff (about 200 pages), you can just read the most interesting.

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Rozière, Buda and Le Grip amendments to Pavel Svoboda’s draft report on EU action plan to enforce IP rights

Virginie Rozière

Adequate protection of intellectual property rights is a prerequisite for the development of the digital economy and of the digital single market. Considers that respect for the exercise of intellectual property rights and efforts to combat counterfeiting should be the main objectives of the action plan.

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Research on Online Business Models Infringing Intellectual Property Rights

In 2015, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, commissioned a research study on business models used to infringe intellectual property rights (IPRs). The initiative is envisioned as an independent data-driven study that will assess and analyse specific techniques used to facilitate online IPR infringements on a commercial scale.

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Russian federal intellectual property service (Rospatent) is not so guiltless as believes office of the Attorney-General

The Russian office of attorney-general has inspected activity of Russian Federal intellectual property service (or Russian Federal service for intellectual property) (Rospatent) and the results of this inspection are not so positive – failures “on all levels” have been found.

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