12:34 07.09.2015

Economy ministry proposes toughening of administrative sanctions for Internet copyright violations

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Economy ministry proposes toughening of administrative sanctions for Internet copyright violations

The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has drawn up a draft law on amending laws on the protection of copyright and related rights on the Internet, which includes the toughening of administrative sanctions for the violation of copyright laws.

The draft law has been posted on the ministry's website.

It is proposed that fines from 500 to 1,000 non-taxable minimum incomes will be imposed if the owner of a website refuses to remove or prevent access to information that violates copyright laws. The same fine is foreseen for non-provision of information by website owners or hosting providers that indentifies the user who posted illegal information. Repeated violation is to be punished by a fine from 1,000 to 2,000 non-taxable minimum incomes.

It is proposed that making false requirements on restricting access to resources will become illegal. If the claim has false information on the copyright belonging to the person who sent the request, it is proposed that the person will be fined in the amount from 1,000 to 2,000 non-taxable minimum incomes. The same fine could be imposed on persons for unfair requirements on the resumption of access to information that violates copyright and other related rights.

In addition, the document proposed that amendments to the law on notaries are to be made while also expanding the laws, with the requirement that notaries have the right to provide proof online under the request of interested persons if a case in court is opened or administrative proceedings are launched.

The owners of websites would not be punished for violation of copyrights and related rights, if during 24 hours after the copyrighter sends its request for access to information to be restricted

Website owners and hosting providers would receive the rights to create electronic databases where reports on information that violates copyright and related rights are included.

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