Russian Communists seek to revoke anti-piracy federal law
MOSCOW, August 28 (RAPSI) - Ivan Melnikov and Oleg Smolin, State Duma lawmakers for the Russian Communist Party, have submitted a bill seeking to revoke the freshly enacted anti-piracy law, RIA Novosti reported Wednesday.
The anti-piracy bill was passed by the Duma, Russia's lower parliamentary house, on June 21 and approved by the Federation Council, the upper house, on June 26. It was then signed into law and took effect on August 1 despite outcries from the Internet industry. The companies that oppose the law claim that it has numerous loopholes that would allow for abuse and unfair competition.
The law allows copyright holders to request the court to block contested content before ruling on its legality, without requiring them to try to contact the up-loader before going to court.
Issues of injunction and punishment are handled exclusively by the Moscow City Court, which is expected to accept complaints around the clock, including online.
According to the law the federal communications agency Roskomnadzor is in charge of running the registry of websites which are to be blocked, notifying website owners of the illegal contents which should be deleted and dealing with service providers.
The sponsors of the bill seeking to revoke the law vow that it was passed notwithstanding critic expert resolutions, without taking into account the Supreme court opinion, State Duma recommendations, without holding an open public discussion.
Both Melnikov and Smolin insist that the law fails to address certain crucial issues, and may be harmful for the Internet community and business as a result. The lawmakers say that the petition against the law was signed by more than 100,000 citizens.
The Communists propose a return to the discussion of Intellectual Property rights protection on the Internet after the enacted law is revoked.