Department of Piracy: Punish Russia’s Enemies, Boost Morale, Hurt Pirates
A new proposal emerging from the Russian parliament’s Committee on Economic Policy could have global implications for the entertainment industries, movies in particular. The scenario envisions a state-sanctioned ‘Department of Piracy’ that would obtain copyrighted content unavailable by legal means, so that the state can sell it to the public.
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the introduction of sanctions, replacing foreign goods and services with local alternatives became a Kremlin priority.
Russia’s reliance on Western software suppliers led to proposals in favor of removing liabilty for piracy, as long as the unlicensed software originates from a country supporting sanctions.
Removal of liability for software piracy was widely reported as the ‘legalization’ of all piracy in Russia, which at the time certainly wasn’t the case. But as the months pass by all options remain on the table, and for the entertainment industries, the situation looks pretty bleak.
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