July 31, 2013

“Lobbying, Let’s Call it That, Took the Most Time.”

Producer Sergey Selyanov told Gazeta.Ru about the new “anti-piracy” law, which will come into force on August 1, about how much money copyright holders lose to peer-to-peer download websites, and how freeloading must not extend to the territory of copyright.

The new law against Internet piracy will come into effect on August 1. It imposes punitive measures on owners of Internet websites that host content which may be the point of issue of copyright. The law, with the long name of “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Concerning the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights in Data and Telecom Networks,” has been passed by the Duma and signed by the President, and has come under heavy criticism by the representatives of online businesses, as well as society at large. Just before the law was passed, one of its key lobbyists, member of the Association of Movie Producers and TV Broadcasters, and head of CTB Film Company, Sergey Selyanov told Gazeta.Ru his story of fighting against bootlegging, about a meeting with President Putin that was an impetus for the new law, and about the losses that the movie industry suffers due to piracy.

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Source: Gazeta.ru