Odesa Legal issues

07/ 06/ 2017

In light of recent legislative changes in Ukraine concerning expansion of the sanction list and imposition of personal sanctions on software developers and Internet services originating from the Russian Federation, there was a set of questions in society and business in particular. How actually will work different types of sanctions against Russian IT companies? When and how such licensing programs as 1C, Kaspersky Anti-Virus and other softwares will be pirated and what does it mean for users? How to ensure the legitimate use of companies’ products from the sanctions list? Is an Internet provider obliged to block access to email services, social networks and other sites, is it allowed to ask him not to do this or is it necessary to require it? What other surprises are hidden by the decision of the National Security and Defense?

Speaker of the meeting Andriy Seliutin – EBA Odesa Legal Committee Chairman, Partner and Head of the Southern Branch of Arzinger – told about the expected effect of these changes in the Law, means of their implementation, and possible risks in this regard. He paid attention that the sanction list is quite extensive: freezing of assets, restriction of trade operations, preventing withdrawal of fund from Ukraine, suspension of economic and financial liabilities and ban of transfer of technologies, rights to objects of intellectual property, and the application of some of them. Participants learned how it would affect the practice, possible difficulties in calculating the agreements with copyright holders, the lack of opportunities to get regular programs updating by distributors, provision of proper maintenance and liability (especially criminal) for actions related to development and use of unlicensed software.

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