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A draft law on compulsory licensing of foreign content was submitted to the State Duma


Member of the State Duma Committee on Culture Dmitry Kuznetsov introduced to the House a draft law on obtaining a compulsory license through the courts for the use of copyrighted products of foreign companies from unfriendly countries.

It is noted that some of the copyright holders, without any justification, withdrew the old ones and stopped issuing new product licenses. We are talking about “cinema, computer programs, music collections, literary and other works.”

According to the deputy, such use of the exclusive right directly contradicts the purpose of its introduction and is a kind of abuse, because a wide range of works of science, literature and art, as well as digital content has become inaccessible in Russia.

In addition, Kuznetsov notes that the unreasonable restriction of access to a number of objects has caused losses for domestic businesses and creates “systemic risks of a rollback of the culture of respect for intellectual property rights a decade ago and the flourishing of piracy.”


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