Russia Mulls Anti ‘Cut-and-Paste’ Piracy Law

Russia’s efforts to bring copyright infringement under control could take a new direction in the fall. According to the deputy head of the Duma Committee on information politics, parliament will be considering new legislation to protect online media publications from ‘cut-and-paste’ piracy.Russia’s recent efforts to combat online infringement date back to 2013 with the introduction of a new anti-piracy law. Initially protecting only movies, the law compels local ISPs to blocking infringing sites if they fail to respond to takedown complaints.In 2014 the law received further amendment when it was expanded to cover other digital media, with the notable exception of images. Fresh noises from Russia now suggest that its copyright laws could be expanded again, this time in an effort to protect written text.

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