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23.06.2011

Medvedev to make internet copyright proposals 'soon'

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday he would soon submit his proposals on intellectual property rights and copyright regulation on the Internet.

"I have commented on intellectual property right issues more than once recently," he said at a media briefing at the RIA Novosti newsroom.

At the G8 summit in France last month and the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum last week, Medvedev said the advent of the Internet means that traditional approaches toward intellectual property rights need to be changed.

The "absolute copyright" model as it originally evolved is becoming irrelevant, he said on Thursday.

"It is a dead end," he said.

The president warned that not all of his counterparts in other countries "are ready to seriously discuss the complex processes occurring in the sphere of intellectual property rights regulation."

During a discussion on the future of Internet businesses in St. Petersburg on Friday, Medvedev criticized his fellow G8 leaders' conservatism on the copyright issue, saying that only British Prime Minister David Cameron was close to his point of view.

In early May, the United States retained Russia on its list of countries with the worst records of preventing copyright theft for the 14th straight year.

Trade Representative Ron Kirk said at the time an estimated 18 million Americans work in software, music, movies and other industries that depend on strong enforcement of copyright and other intellectual property rights.

Medvedev promised on Thursday to personally look into the matter and draw up his own proposals for subsequent consideration in the media community both at home and abroad.

One of the main regulatory issues is the media's responsibility for extremist or other unlawful content being posted on their web pages, Medvedev said.

"What is to be done if a media site draws comment that constitutes a breach of the law? Should this outlet be held liable?" he queried rhetorically.