53 COPYRIGHT AND NEIGHBORING RIGHTS PROTECTION IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION Igor Pozhitkov Of Clifford Chance, London A separate Law on Copyright and Neighboring Rights was adopted by the Russian Parliament in late April 1993 following its final reading and was then signed by the Russian President with minor changes in early July'. It took only three months for the Russian Parliament committees to deal with all the changes proposed during the first reading (late January 1993) of the draft and then approve it at the final reading in late April. While the adoption of the Law may appear to some to have occurred too swiftly, in fact, it constitutes the end of nearly five years of intense efforts on the part of Russia's creative and legal community to achieve a sufficient level of copyright protection. The drafters of the present Law have responded to heavy criticism of the international copyright/intellectual property community to provide an ad- equate level of protection for literary, scientific and artistic works in accor- dance with the provisions of the 1886 Beme Convention, for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works and its 1971 Paris version. The new Russian law has also introduced a
Review of Central and East European Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1994
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