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Month: November 2019

The Russian law on blocking messengers’ users is not feasible

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.

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Russian ministry of education proposed to deprive patents for drugs intended for export

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.

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Apple and Google products can be force out of Russian market

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.

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Telegram blocked in Russia, but is not forbidden

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?

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SWD IA on the EU copyright modernization – impacts of second option for press publishers

Introduction in EU law of a related right covering digital uses of press publications

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.

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