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Russia Introduces Copyright Tax

by Tatiana Smolenskaya, Tax-News.com, Moscow

28 October 2010


Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin has signed decree N829 in accordance with article 1245 of the Russian Civil Code to enable the introduction of a 1% charge on mobile phones, computers and all kinds of audio-visual equipment in order to pay royalties to suppliers of media content.

From January 1, 2011, suppliers and manufacturers of equipment are directed to pay 1% royalties to the authors of media content through the Russian Union of Copyright-owners (CPR).

The list of media devices included is comprehensive, ranging from flash drives and disks to video cameras and computers. It is intended to cover any technology that can be used to play and copy audio-visual content.

TAGS: Russia | tax | business | royalties | commerce | intellectual property | copyright | e-commerce | regulation

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