On July 2, 2013 the Russian Parliament passed Federal Law No.
187 "On Introducing Amendments to Legislative Acts of the
Russian Federation on Intellectual Property Issues in Information
and Telecommunications Networks" which will come into force on
August 1, 2013. Applying to all audiovisual content, the law will
have major impact on copyright protection on the Internet,
affecting notification of Internet providers, actions to cease
infringement, preliminary injunctions and enforcement.
Articles 1 and 2 of the law stipulate that copyright owners may
immediately file a submission to the Moscow City Court to seek a
preliminary injunction against an infringing website, without
contacting the website owners. The term of the injunction is up to
15 days, over which time a copyright owner may initiate a lawsuit
on the merits. Once the preliminary injunction is granted,
Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of
Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications) will
request the hosting provider remove the infringing content from the
website. In the event that the content is not removed within three
days, Roskomnadzor will block the website.
While the law holds Internet providers liable for copyright
infringement, they may be exempted from liability in the event they
are not aware of the infringement. This is also true for Internet
providers who have undertaken necessary and timely measures to
Implementation of these new rules and procedures is to commence
very shortly, and may lead to a better level of protection for
audiovisual works in Russia.
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