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Free internet can bankrupt Russian ISP

Once upon a time the Russian president has proposed to provide Russian citizens with free internet. Little then the proposal has been detailed – the free internet only for socially significant web-sites or web-resources. Clarifying of proposal required the list of so called socially significant web-resources. The relevant Russian state authorities have drafted the list and terrified the internet service providers (ISPs).

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Considered novels in Russian antipiracy law

In the times of COVID-19 pandemic the internet in Russia plays huge role. Many people staying at home due to so called self-isolation having internet as the means to make their work, to communicate and make many other important things including self-entertainment. Certainly the consumption of movies, music and other entertaining content has significantly risen and also significant part of such consumed content was illegal.

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Registration for each smart device with sim-card in Russia

Currently Russian authorities consider implementing idea to register each smartphone in Russia. Is it possible to do this? Partially yes, but it would be very costly first of all for ordinary customers. Originally the idea is to register all smartphones already sold to customers.

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It’s not so easy to provide free internet in Russia

The Russian president has proposed to provide the Russian citizens with free access to internet resources considered as socially significant. In other words the Russian should receive free access to necessary web-sites even with zero balance.

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Russia IIPA 2020 special 301 report

Special 301 Recommendation: IIPA recommends that the Russian Federation be retained on the Priority Watch List in 2020.

Priority actions requested in 2020

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Russian IT industry asked to save IP monopoly

The Russian antitrust service has proposed to apply antitrust regulations in relation to intellectual property deals in Russia, in other words it was proposed to diminish monopoly provided by intellectual property.

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No free internet and blocking email in Russia… yet

The Russian president wants free internet access, i.e. unpaid, for Russians. It supposed to be free access for social significant web-sites and online services, like state services for Russians, but including web-sites of mass media. Telecommunication operators dislike this idea, they ask for compensation of losses linked to free internet access for Russians. They would be obliged to transmit huge amount of traffic without payment requirement. The free internet access should be provided since 1st of March this year, but, as always, it wasn’t provided.

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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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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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