Russia Effectively Legalises Piracy Of Movies, Games & Other Foreign Entertainment

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

15 Mar 2022

The invasion of Ukraine has seen a host of robust economic sanctions directed towards Russia, which the state are proactively looking to circumvent with this latest move.

According to City AM – which cites the state-backed newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta – the Russian Ministry of Economic Development has eased its copyright laws effectively legalizing piracy of games, movies, TV shows, and other foreign entertainment.

“The possibility of lifting restrictions on the use of intellectual property contained in certain goods, the supply of which to Russia is limited, is being considered,” the Ministry said last week. قوانين لعبة القمار “This will smooth out the impact on the market of breaks in supply chains, as well as the shortage of goods and services that arose due to new sanctions by Western countries. العاب استراتيجية اون لاين

The document produced by the Russian government entitled ‘Priority Action Plan for Ensuring the Development of the Russian Economy in the Conditions of External Sanctions Pressure’, indicates authorities would not seek to charge anyone who had “illegally” downloaded or used software that belonged to a copyright holder based in a country currently imposing sanctions on the Eastern European state.

Russian companies will no longer have an obligation to pay patent holders for the use of intellectual property, while torrent sites will also be unblocked to make it easier for Russian citizens to pirate content.

Gaming giants Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft – who have all put a stop to sales in Russia – all fall under the purview of the law changes.