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Copyright

Our agency advises clients on all aspects of copyright including the registration of computer programs, databases and topologies of integrated circuits.

Although not required by law, copyright registration can play a significant factor in the event of litigation, and should be considered very serious.

The Copyright Law of the Russian Federation (the Copyright Law) deals with the creation and use of works, or any part thereof, of science, literature and arts, stage production, phonogram, radio or cable TV broadcasting, regardless of the purpose or merits of the work, or the method and form of expression.

Russia is a signatory to numerous treaties and conventions designed to protect copyrights including:

  • The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Bern Convention);
  • The Universal Copyright Convention
  • The Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms.

Works Excluded from Copyright Protection

Copyright does not apply to:

  • ideas, methods, processes, systems, concepts, principles, discoveries and facts;
  • official documents and their translations;
  • state symbols or signs;
  • folk art; and news reports.

Term of Protection

Copyrighted works are protected during the author's lifetime and for 70 years after his or her death, subject to additional periods of copyright protection arising in certain circumstances. For example, in the case of joint authorship, the death of the longest surviving author is taken as the starting point of the 70-year term. Anonymous works, posthumous works, and works made public under a pseudonym, are protected for 70 years calculated from January 1 of the year following the year of publication.