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Russian Facebook VKontakte intends to settle copyright infringement lawsuit

Many Russian right holders have tried to “punish” Russian popular social network VKontakte – Russian Facebook – for copyright infringement. Users of this social network like Vkontakte because you can get satisfaction for your taste in music, video or even books. But in most cases right holders failed because Vkontakte’s position is always the same – “we are only informational intermediary”, therefore “we are not liable if the user posts or links to any illegal content”, “we can only takedown such content in our network”.

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SWD Impact assessment on the modernisation of EU copyright rules – options for the use of protected content by online services

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No policy intervention. This option would rely on the voluntary deployment of technologies by user uploaded content services, which will continue to apply their own terms and level of transparency as to the functioning of the technologies.

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Impact assessment on the modernisation of EU copyright rules – use of protected content by online services

It is a problem, because rightholders have no or limited control over the use and the remuneration for the use of their content by services storing and giving access to large amounts of protected content uploaded by their users.

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Yandex settles copyright lawsuit with audiovisual right holders

Russian IT company Yandex settles copyright dispute with audiovisual right holders belonging to Russian major media company Gazprom Media. Earlier right holders have sued Yandex for copyright infringement. In parallel they negotiated with IT company antipiracy memorandum. Finally IT company and right holders have signed it. One of condition to sign memo was dropping the lawsuit against Yandex.

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IIPA on Russia’s copyright law implementation and enforcement obligations

The copyright and related rights obligations of the WTO TRIPS Agreement consist of the substantive copyright law and related rights provisions set out in Articles 9 through 14, as well as the enforcement provisions in Articles 41 through 61.

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Russian audio-visual right holders and internet companies have signed anti-piracy memorandum

Russian major internet companies Yandex, Mail.ru, Rambler and RuTube together with Russian major audio-visual right holders Gazprom Media, National Media Group, First Channel, VGTRK, STS Media, association Internet Video and Association of movie and television producers have signed anti-piracy memorandum. This memorandum has been signed at the meeting hosted by Russian internet watchdog Roskomandzor.

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Federal Antitrust Service proposed new reasons for blocking of web-sites in Russia

Russian Federal Antitrust Service (FAS) currently is working on amendments to Russian antitrust law in order to improve competition in online environment. The new set of amendments aims to restrict access to online resource if the last violate Russian antitrust law.

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How Russian Ministry of Culture proposes to fight piracy?

Russian Ministry of Culture (MinCult) believes the current Russian law, providing restriction of access to pirate web-sites or illegal content in online environment, is outdated for today realities. Now it is not enough just bring the lawsuit against copyright infringers and seeking restriction of access, it is more simple and faster to block web-site without court order. MinCult believes it is better to restrict access without participation of court order – just at the request of right holder.

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Yandex did not reach agreement with right holders on “anti-piracy” memorandum

The purpose and aim of memorandum, proposed and lobbied by right holders, is restriction of access to illegal content in internet within the Russian territory without court order in order to reduce time scale and expenditures. But Yandex turned all things upside down and according to right holders the entire initiative and work on this memorandum senseless.

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The owner of “pirated” librusec is not guilty “pirate”, the prosecutor’s office says

The prosecutor’s office has waived to proceed the criminal case in relation to owner of online library “Librusec”. “Librusec” is known as online library of literary works. On this resource different literary works have been published and available for downloading for certain payment. Uploading of works on this web-site was not authorized by right holders, at least in relation to works of major publishing houses.

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