SPIEF to host discussion of online copyright



SPIEF to host discussion of online copyright

SPIEF to host discussion of online copyright

As part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum’s business programme, a panel session on the theme of ‘Copyright Protection in the Internet Era: How Combatting Online Piracy Can Help Grow Legal Content’ will be held on 25 May 2018. The session will address the development of institutions to protect copyright and related rights on the Internet, efforts to improve legislation in this area, and the new options available to media companies for distributing legal content. Catherine Mtsitouridze, CEO of Roskino, will act as moderator.

The audiovisual services market in Russia is growing by around 40% every year, meaning that the amount of content needing protection from illegal distribution across the global Web is also increasing. In 2017, substantial amendments were introduced to legislation in the Russian Federation with the aim of protecting works subject to copyright on the Internet. These amendments have already had a positive impact on the market for legal content and have improved the investment climate in the sector.

What measures need to be taken to ensure a continued upward trend in the consumption of legal content? What steps should the biggest Russian and foreign players in the media sector take to counteract the spread of pirated content? Will industry self-regulation be an effective weapon in the battle against piracy? These questions will lie at the heart of the discussion, which will feature the following participants: Alexander Zharov, Head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor); Dmitry Chernyshenko, CEO of Gazprom-Media; Pavel Stepanov, Head of the Media and Communications Council; Alexander Akopov, Head of the Association of Film and Television Producers; Oleg Tumanov, CEO of Ivi.ru, Russia’s largest online streaming service; Dmitry Sergeev, First Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Mail.Ru Group.

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