As we have already mentioned several times, in times of war, anything goes! While almost all countries are closing their relations with Russia and imposing sanctions, Putin’s country is preparing to “attack” at the software level.
According to recent information, Russia wants to legalize software piracy by the West.
Violation of copyright and related rights is part of the criminal code in Russia
Around the world, many tech giants have stopped selling to Russia. Faced with the "choke", Russia declared that it would legalize software piracy. The move comes in response to several software vendors, including Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, NVIDIA, IBM, Intel, and AMD.
Russian officials are drawing up a package of measures to prop up the country's economy against the pressure of foreign sanctions, and when it comes to software licensing, the proposal gives a green light to a form of piracy. Specifically, the plan suggested by the Russian authorities is to establish a “unilateral” software licensing mechanism that renews expired licenses without requiring the consent of the copyright or patent holder.
This special procedure will be eligible in cases where the copyright holder is from a country that supported sanctions against Russia and only for products for which no Russian alternative is available.
Violation of copyright and related rights is part of the criminal code in Russia, punishable by six years in prison and fines of up to 500,000 rubles, or three years of the offender's salary.