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IRIS 1995-1:12/30

Russian Federation

Recommendation of the Judicial Chamber for Information Disputes on the legal nature of ITAR-TASS materials

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The Recommendation clarifies the following questions raised by ITAR-TASS, by explaining the Russian Copyright Act: 1. Is an information product that is created by the collective of an agency and disseminated to consumers of information protected by copyright? 2. Does ITAR-TASS have the right to use a copyright sign and place it on its information products? 3. Can news agencies and mass media organisations collect money for an ITAR-TASS information product when they adapt it to fit their specific conditions and regional features?

References
The Act on copyright and neighbouring rights dates from 9 July 1993, was published in Rossijskaja Gazeta on 3 August 1993: 3-5 and was partly published in English in in the Post-Soviet Media Law & Policy Newsletter of 22 December 1993, Vol. I No. 3.
Recommendation of 14 October 1994 of the Russian Federation Presidential Judicial Chamber for Information Disputes on the legal nature of ITAR-TASS materials, Rossijskaia Gazeta of 22 October 1994.