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Russia could propose Internet copyright regulation idea - president

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April 29, 2011, 4:09 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine
Moscow could come up with an international initiative aimed at regulating copyright on the Internet, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday. "It would be very interesting for me to learn your vision of copyright regulation in the future, if you have any individual or global suggestions on what should be done in this area in general. I think it would be right to come up with such an initiative on Russia's behalf bearing in mind the situation with copyright in our country," he said.

The president asked representatives of online media outlets to think about possible Civil Code amendments aimed at regulating copyright on the Internet.

"At the moment our colleagues from the government are finishing their work on a new version of the Civil Code. Different positions have been voiced. Some of them think that changes should be minimal, while others are confident that it is necessary to change as much as possible," Medvedev said.

"If those who are present here today think that it would be useful to try to integrate something into mainstream tendencies that exist in the sphere of regulation today, we should try to do it until it is too late, as long as discussions on this document continue," he said.

It is necessary to understand what should be changed and how, the president said.
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