Domestic developers have questions.
The Ministry of Digital Development, in close cooperation with participants in the IT market, is preparing a draft law on compulsory licensing of foreign software, the creators of which have ceased their activities in the territory of the Russian Federation. The corresponding information was published by the Kommersant edition.
It became known that the department proposes a mechanism by which Russian companies will be able to transfer payment for the use of software to special accounts on demand of the copyright holder. The proposal also includes a measure to decriminalize the unlicensed use of software.
The letter of Dmitry Nikitin, director of the IT industry development department of the Ministry of Digital Development, sent to the Public Consumer Initiative on December 12, is a kind of starting point in this matter. In the letter, the official made it clear that in the conditions of the departure of foreign software developers from the Russian Federation, the issue of its further use becomes especially acute, and therefore “acquires particular relevance and requires regulation.”
The document also states that the government has begun to study the issue of determining special conditions for the use of foreign software, in respect of which it is impossible for conscientious Russian users to fulfill existing contractual obligations.
The Ministry of Digital Development did not comment on the proposal on compulsory licensing. But Minister Maksut Shadayev, at a webinar with the IT industry on December 28, said that “conditions are needed under which businesses could use foreign software.” “Business is not to blame that the developer left the country and it is impossible to renew licenses. We must create a separate mechanism for conscientious users,” the minister explained.
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“Decriminalization” of illegal use of software will significantly slow down the pace of import substitution of software and cause damage to the entire Russian IT market, Pavel Kalyakin, CEO of MyOffice, is convinced: “In addition, foreign software manufacturers can use any possible means to remotely control the actions of Russian users” . And the head of Datana, Vladimir Zakharov, is convinced that the implementation of such an initiative will become “in fact, just waiting for the return of copyright holders to the country.”