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Month: February 2020

Private copying levy, big data and little bit more for today

Business asked the Russian ministry of economic to consider the idea to reduce the rate of private copying levy in Russia. The private copying levy is to be imposed on the equipment capable of copying, but customers bus such equipment lesser and lesser.

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Would enforcement authorities receive online access to personal data in Russia?

The Russian minister of communication has proposed to provide enforcement authorities with access to all personal data in online mode for the purposes of investigation? Personal data could include digital profile, id, and financial history, data received from mobile operators, financial institutions and different internet services.

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SWD IA on the EU copyright modernization – options for fair remuneration in authors’ and performers’ contracts


No policy intervention. This option would rely on MS or self-regulation by industries at national level to impose transparency obligations on the contractual counterparties, or on industry specific agreements (resulting from collective bargaining for example) and other market developments to improve transparency.

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Third edition of USA copyright office compendium – Uncopyrightable Dances and Dance Steps

The Office has no authority to register claims to copyright in material that falls outside the scope of federal statutory protection. Individual movements or dance steps by themselves are not copyrightable, such as the basic waltz step, the hustle step, the grapevine, or the second position in classical ballet. Likewise, the U.S. Copyright Office cannot register short dance routines consisting of only a few  movements or steps with minor linear or spatial variations, even if the routine is novel or distinctive.

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Will Apple, Google and Microsoft stay in Russian market?

Such companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and others with diversified business activities almost around the world are also presented in Russian internal market. Except such companies there are also Russian digital companies in Russia, but mostly with foreign owner or stakeholder, i.e. such companies are also in some sense a foreign companies. The most problem in competition with foreign market players in Russian internal market is rough and sometimes unreasonable regulation affecting Russian market players.

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EU illegal IPTV research – broadcasters’ copyright

Key Points

  • Broadcasters’ rights cover on-demand streaming but not necessarily live internet streaming.
  • Only seven Member States explicitly recognise broadcaster’s rights in live internet streaming: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Romania, Sweden and the UK.

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Rostelecom proposed to collect digital traces of Russians citizens

The Russian major telecommunication operator, providing different telecommunication services in Russia, has proposed to collect so called “digital traces” of Russian citizens under the control of Russian state. In other words the monopolist Rostelecom want control almost all aspects of life of Russian citizens.

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First criminal sentence in Russia for illegal online cinema

The blocking of web-resources doesn’t work effectively in the fight with online piracy in Russia. Actually restriction of access in Russia is possible under the court order in relation to certain address, mostly it is domain name. It is also possible to block mirror web-site, i.e. the site almost identical with blocked one, but with different domain name. But it is also is not as effective as right holders desire. Therefore the measures are going to be rigorous.

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