Russia considers legalizing software piracy to combat tech bans

The Russian government is reportedly working on a law that would legalize certain types of software piracy. . TorrentFreak.

Tech companies including Microsoft, Sony, Adobe, and Apple have withdrawn products and services from Russia. EA, Ubisoft, Take-Two, CD Projekt Red and other game companies have made their games unavailable for purchase. The bans on these companies, combined with tough economic sanctions, are meant to put pressure on Russia to stop its invasion of Ukraine.

The proposal entitled “Plan of priority measures to ensure the development of the Russian economy in the face of external sanctions pressure” comes from the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia. It outlines numerous measures aimed at stabilizing the Russian economy.

The part related to software piracy is paragraph 6.7.3 of the part of the proposal “Information Technologies”, which proposes “the abolition of liability for the use of unlicensed software (SW) in the Russian Federation, owned by a copyright holder from countries that supported sanctions.”

Offer in translation hot equipment with software and the help of a Russian speaker seems to refer to any type of unlicensed software, including video games. However, its main purpose is to allow Russian business owners to continue using software from companies such as Oracle and Microsoft.

Like a Russian business site Kommersant indicates, however, that most business software is a subscription-based cloud service or requires online validation, making it impossible to use without access to those servers.

Despite attempts to tighten anti-piracy laws, software and other piracy are already general in Russia. However, a Russian government signing on to international software piracy would be unlike anything we’ve ever seen.


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