Russia Legalizes Piracy, Allows Patent Theft to Counter Western Sanctions: Report, World News

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As more companies pull out of Russia over its war on Ukraine, the Kremlin would relax its copyright laws and allow domestic companies to steal intellectual property from “hostile nations”.

Earlier this week, Russia’s Economic Development Ministry proposed to ease piracy laws to undermine sanctions imposed by Western countries.

“The possibility of lifting restrictions on the use of intellectual property contained in certain goods, the supply of which to Russia is limited, is being considered,” the ministry said in a statement.

“This will mitigate the impact on the market of disruptions in supply chains, as well as the shortage of goods and services due to new sanctions from Western countries.”

According to a report by TASS, such measures would “mitigate the impact on the market of supply chain brakes as well as shortages of goods and services that have arisen due to new sanctions from Western countries”.

The state-backed Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper reports that new laws allow Russian companies to fly from hostile countries without paying to use their intellectual property.

“As many Western studios have refused to release new movies in Russia, the parliamentarian believes that thanks to the torrent tracker, users will be able to watch Hollywood movies,” reports Gazetta.

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The list of “non-friendly countries” includes the United States, Australia, Great Britain, Iceland, Canada, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Japan, Ukraine, Switzerland and EU Member States.

More than a dozen companies from the West have ceased operations in Russia in response to the attack on Ukraine.

Streaming platforms such as Netflix, Disney+Hotstar have blocked their services in Russia.

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Software companies like Microsoft, Google, Meta, Samsung, Apple, fashion designers like Zara and H&M, except automakers like Toyota, Renault, have all gone out of business.

Food and retail companies like McDonald’s, Starbucks and Coca-Cola have exited the Russian market. While consumer goods brands Unilever and Kraft Heinz have suspended all Russian imports and exports.

(With agency contributions)

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