Monday, March 23, 2015

Russia to Create Register of Intellectual Property Rights Holders

A register containing information about intellectual property rights holders will be compiled in Russia.   According to Alexei Volin, Deputy Minister of Communications and Media, the register will be based on the principle of digital fingerprinting, and will be used to track and protect copyrighted files online. He added that many rights holders are afraid to provide a digital fingerprint of their intellectual property for fear that it could be pirated. Volin added that the ministry believed there should be no monopoly in this industry, and that the contribution of intellectual property to the register must be voluntary.  Russia's anti-piracy law sets out the grounds for limiting access to websites that illegally distribute movies and TV shows, and took effect on August 1, 2013.  Amended wording of the law that will allow closing access to websites with repeated violations of copyright takes effect on May 1, 2015.