New draft law on blocking of mobile applications with IP infringing content passed by Russian Parliament

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On June 2, 2020 the Federation Council of Russia, the upper house of Russian Parliament, approved a bill proposing amendments to the Law on Information, Information Security and Information Technologies. The bill allows the blocking of access to platforms and mobile applications containing IP infringing content.

The bill establishes the following new terms: "mobile application owner" and "e-platform owner" and introduces a compliance obligation for mobile application owners and e-platform owners.

In the case of copyright infringement the algorithm of communication includes the following bodies: Russian DPA (Roskomnadzor) – e-platform owner – mobile application owner.

Failure to comply with the Roskomnadzor request leads to the platform owner securing blocking access to the mobile application. If this cannot be secured access to the platform may be blocked. The access to the platform/ mobile application may be restored based on the court decision.

The bill shall come into force on October 1, 2020.

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