Software, films and music from ‘hostile countries’ can now be used in Belarus without permission from the copyright holder
Belarus has temporarily legalized the use of digital content from ‘hostile countries’ without the consent of copyright holders, according to a decree signed by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and published on the country’s official legal information portal .
The new law, which is due to come into effect next week, authorizes the use of software, movies, music, TV shows and other “audiovisual worksin the country without consent, if the copyright holders are from countries that imposed sanctions on Belarus.
The provision clarifies that royalties should still be paid for the use of content to copyright owners, but the funds should be credited to the account of the Belarusian patent authority, where they can be claimed by copyright owners. copyright within three years.
The document also legalizes parallel imports, sometimes referred to as “grey”imports, a practice in which non-infringing products are imported without the permission of intellectual property rights holders through alternative supply channels. The measure covers imports from any country, not just those considered “hostile.” According to the new law, the import of goods without the authorization of the rights holder will be considered legal if these goods are included in the list of “essential” products for the internal market.
The law “will give the opportunity to import original products not only to the copyright owners of the intellectual property object or their official distributors, but to all importers. This temporary measure aims to prevent a shortage of imported goods and to saturate the consumer market,“Explained the Belarusian government on its official Telegram channel.
Parallel imports will not be allowed if the copyright owners of the goods continue to cooperate with residents of Belarus and there is no critical shortage of such goods in the domestic market.
The new legislation will be in effect until December 31, 2024.
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