MOSCOW, March 14 - RAPSI. Russian record companies have refused to cooperate with Nokia and Samsung, accusing them of violating intellectual property law, RIA Novosti reports on Wednesday.
The companies maintain that Nokia and Samsung evade paying fees for copying purchased content. According to Karina Abramyan, the deputy director of the Melody company, the fee for copying content is secured by the Civil Code of Russia as well as international conventions.
There is a certain procedure for paying fees through the authorized organization, namely the Russian Copyright Owners' Union, she said.
This practice is a standard all over the world, Abramyan noted.
Nokia and Samsung fully comply with this norm in other countries, but in Russia they feel free to respect others' intellectual rights only in an arbitrary manner, she added.
In Russia, the intellectual property law did not work until late 2010.