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Month: February 2017

UK IPO calls for views on illicit IPTV streaming devices

Internet Protocol television (IPTV) boxes (also known as set-top boxes, Android TV boxes or Kodi boxes) are small plug and play media servers, originally designed to allow consumers to stream legitimate content (locally stored or legal online content). Despite the legitimate use of this equipment, software is widely available (like Kodi extensions) which connect the boxes to illegal content through streaming websites, file lockers and BitTorrent trackers.

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Penalties for ISP if it fails to block access to web-site under Russian law

In Russia has been adopted new law providing penalties for internet service providers who failed to block access to web-site under Russian law or court order. Liability provided for natural and legal persons.

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Consumers’ FAQs on copyright: allowed scope of private copying

There has been published a very useful guide for consumers and for anyone who is curious about copyright. This guide explains different things, relating to IP rights, in simple way. The project has been commissioned by the European Union intellectual property office.

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Governmental legislative commission upheld draft law aimed to block mirrors of web-sites

If a web-site is available and operating in Russia and does not comply with Russian law, like copyright, it can be blocked. In the context of copyright the blocking relates most likely to torrent sites or pirate sites. But in most cases blocked sites “moves” to new domain and a new mirror of web-site appears. Russian legislators and right holders don’t like it. It means they must do all work again.

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Russian roskomnadzor has blocked VPN service in Russia

VPN service Hideme.ru has been blocked under Byzylyks district court order in Orenburg province. The court decided that resource provided the internet users with opportunity to receive an access to web-sites, containing extremist materials. Therefore according to the court order the hideme.ru VPN service disseminated information forbidden in Russia.

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RBC research: approximately 65% of blocked web-sites in Russia still work

Russian law provides blocking of web-site if it contains information or content qualified as illegal under applicable legal norms. The “mechanisms” of blocking have been implemented successfully in Russia. So after blocking of web-site ordinary Internet-users in Russia are not able to visit such web-site.

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What services fall under Russian law on news-aggregators?

Russian Roskomnadzor has sent to administrations of news aggregators the notification to provide information concerning daily visitors of resource. Google News, Yandex news, Mail News, Rambler News and Microsoft have already received it. After examination of information news-aggregators must provide also information identifying the owners of news-aggregator.

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Intellectual Property Arrangements: Australian Productivity Commission Inquiry Report – Parallel books import and publicly-funded research

Parallel import restrictions (PIRs) on books are the physical equivalent of geoblocking. Except in limited cases, Australian booksellers are prevented from purchasing stock from lower priced suppliers overseas, but must purchase from an Australian publisher regardless of the price.

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Government Response to a technical consultation on transitional arrangements following the repeal of Section 73 of the CDPA 1988 (reception and re-transmission of wireless broadcast by cable)

Section 73 of the CDPA currently provides that the retransmission of the Public Service Broadcasters’ (PSBs) core channels (all BBC Channels, ITV1, and Channel 4 and 5’s core channels) via cable is exempt from copyright fees.

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Russian telecom companies warn they would have to infringe copyright in order to comply with Yarovaya law

Communication companies are afraid of that Yarovaya law, adopted in Russia, makes Russian communication operators to infringe copyright in content which they are obliged to keep certain period of time. Communication operators warned about Russian ministry of communication. This is all about licenced content amounting approximately 40% of all transferred content.

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