Hello, WTO. In Russia put for copyright

    The Russian Federation Council approved amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, increasing liability for violations of copyright and related rights.

    The approved norms increase the maximum punishment from 5 to 6 years in prison for crimes stipulated by the articles “violation of copyright and related rights” and “illegal use of a trademark”. Thus, these crimes are being transferred “from the moderate category to the serious category”, explained Anatoly Lyskov, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Legal and Judicial Issues.

    In addition, the law brings in full compliance with the sanctions of these crimes in terms of additional punishment, which provides for a fine of up to 500 thousand rubles, or in the amount of wages or other income of the convict for a period of up to 3 years, or without it. Currently, for this crime a fine is prescribed in the amount of from 100 thousand rubles to 300 thousand rubles or in the amount of wages or other income of the convicted person for a period of 1 year to 2 years, or by arrest for a period of 4 to 6 months, or imprisonment for up to 5 years.

    Recall that the tightening of sanctions for violations of "copyright" is one of the requirements put forward for entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO).


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