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Monday 29 October, 2018

Rightholders complained to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation

While rightholders of videocontent are negotiating with Yandex to sign an anti-piracy Memorandum, publishing houses try to clean up search engines results though court. Association for copyright protection (AZAPI), representing Eksmo Publishing House, has filed a complaint against the search engine to the Supreme court.
The head of  WK Legal Department Alena Kuzmina doubts that the Supreme court will cancel the previous instance decision.

Wednesday 20 June, 2018

The EU Parliament adopted new anti-piracy proposals

In course of modernizing the EU copyright law, the EU Parliament adopted new legislative proposals. They include the request for online services to control any uploaded content and implement measures to prevent copyright infringements. It also means prevention from repeated upload of infringing content.

The final decision on the copyright reform will be made next spring.


Wednesday 13 June, 2018

The State Duma introduced fines for search engines for links to pirate resources

On June 5, 2018 the State Duma adopted a new law, according to which search systems are obliged to pay fines for provision of links to pirate websites. According to the law, search systems shall file applications on connection to Roskomnadzor’s register of blocked websites within 30 days. The fines for non-compliance will constitute 50,000 rubles for officials, and 500,000-700,000 rubles for legal entities. It is also reported that this law applies to foreign search systems and software services which perform financial and business operations on the territory of Russia.


Monday 12 February, 2018

A law draft concerning mobile apps was introduced by the State Duma

The State Duma introduced a law draft concerning blocking of mobile apps, which infringe copyright. The proposed amendments include software applications to the list of resources which can be blocked due to pirate content distribution. The new law is aimed at eliminating the loophole which allowed pirates to gain money from their mobile apps.


Wednesday 24 January, 2018

The European Commission plans to create the European Piracy Watch-List

Following the publishing of the List of Notorious Markets in the USA, EU intends to create its own piracy watch-list (“Counterfeit and Piracy Watch-List”). It is expected to contain no legal violations or analysis of IP rights protection. The List is aimed at encouraging foreign governments to implement anti-piracy measures. Unlike the US version, the EU List will include American companies as well.


Wednesday 17 January, 2018

Communication operators will participate in creation of the Information Communication Code

The Media Communication Union started creating the new Information Communication Code, which is planned as a replacement for current laws “On Communications”, “On Information, information technologies and protection of information”, “On personal data”.  As reported, the new legislation will take into consideration the newest developments in the sphere of communications and IT. The first draft of the Code is expected to be prepared by April 2018.


Thursday 28 December, 2017

Google is to deprive pirates of their revenue

It is reported that Google is preparing ad blocking feature for Chrome Internet browser. It will automatically block the advertising, which does not meet the requirements of Google. This measure is supposed to deprive pirate websites of their main revenue source reducing the number of pirate websites. It is reported that Google, Facebook, News Corp and The Washington Post will decide on which advertising is appropriate.


Saturday 9 December, 2017

Roskomnadzor blocked more than 40 mirrors of pirate websites

While implementing measures of the third anti-pirate law Roskomnadzor has blocked 41 mirrors of pirate websites, which were recognized as copies by Minkomsvyaz.

This measure has been in force from October 1, 2017 and allows blocking illegal copies of websites, which were blocked earlier in accordance with the court’s decision.


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