Multimedia, pirates and Presumption of innocence in Russia
11 November, 2010
Multimedia, pirates and Presumption of innocence in Russia

Nikita Mikhalkov’s Russian Union of Rights’ Holders won the right this week to collect one percent fees from electronic devices and blank media for redistribution among rights’ holders — a business estimated to be worth $100 million a year. The development caused a storm in the blogosphere. What does it mean in terms of pricing of electronic media devices wef January 1, 2011 for businesses importing the devices into Russia they should pay 1 fees to the Union of Rights holders.

Could his charge/fees be treated as accusation of piracy despite the fact that flash memory, CDes, DVDes would not be used for an unauthorized copying, hiring, lending public performance and broadcasting of the recordings? This is a good question for lawyers. Does it mean that Russia as a country acknowledges that it is “motherland” of stubborn piracy which is nationwide spread all over the place? The illegal content in the Internet in ‘ru’ zone is, was and will be a real pain in the neck for world community. Any attempt to make piracy illegal caused  new action plans from pirate end www.lib.ru migrated to Ecuador, the site provides free of charge content to e-book readers in Russia and elsewhere. www.lib.ru.ec hosted in Ecuador would not pay content authors any fees. Intellectual property rights in Internet is one of the most challenging and interesting topics. Besides this its high time for ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to assign auditing body for each country which would serve as a watchdog of Internet content at least for dot com, org domains, as Internet content should be precise, reliable and updated, otherwise Internet soon will become “memorial garden” of cached, inaccurate information as we still can see plenty of crap there.
Note:
Nikolas Lobjanidze is an Independent Telecom Consultant in Moscow. He was born and grew up in Tbilisi, went to school for a year in the USA and built his career in Russia. Nika (as we have always known him) has agreed to correspond with Georgian Journal for which we are thankful to him. Our new correspondent is coming from a journalistic family background, and it is only natural that we should hear from him on permanent basis. In spite of a long absence in Georgia, his love for this land and his dedication to this culture has never faded away. Just the contrary, he has always missed Georgia. Isn’t this correspondence going to be a real compensation of the long absence? There goes our come-back kid.

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