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Russian Civil Law Changed By Wikimedia 88

An anonymous reader writes "Changes to the Russian Civil Code, which include the recognition of open licenses, the right for libraries to generate digital copies of certain works, were now signed by the Russian President and come into force on October 1st. According to Wikimedia-RU member Linar Khalitov, 'these changes are a result of a lot of hard work on behalf of Wikimedia-RU ... proposing, discussing and defending amendments to the Code.'" The changes are pretty major: licenses no longer require a written contract to be enforced, and published works can no longer be retracted. The two combine to give Wikipedia RU authors stronger author rights. Pictures of architectural objects can be used freely without the permission of the architect, which will allow many images that were pulled from the Wikimedia Commons to return, and new projects to add pictures of monuments to go forward.
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Russian Civil Law Changed By Wikimedia

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  • by Hognoxious ( 631665 ) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @12:42PM (#46535569) Homepage Journal

    This more than makes up for invading a neighboring country - I mean another one - and nearly starting WW3!

    • Nearly starting what please? The annexation of Crimea was so far bloodless. Compare that to Iraq and Afghanistan.

    • We don't usually "invade" countries who can fight back ;) Especially Russia, who can even defeat us. All cost considered.
    • Russia has all the real estate in the world to host all software liberators in the world. In fact, all that the Kremlin has to do is outlaw all ownership of all intellectual property, and everybody who violates it in their own countries can move to Russia, where they'd no longer be in violation of their country's law. Russia can then become the world's new fountainhead of knowledge.

      Also, maybe RMS could get a home in Chechnya

    • Russia did not invade it. Russia has been there for centuries and for the recent decades the Russian fleet has been there in accordance with the intentional treaty between Ukraine and Russian. It would further have been that way if the Ukrainian nationalists had not proposed to ban the Russian language and the Russian people that is a majority in some of the lands. And many people did not what to be associated with the heirs to the Hitler's former Nazist ally which now took power in Kiev. So the Crimea revo

  • Just think of all the additional territory that legal reform applies to as of today .... and maybe more next month?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Their changes will be reverted for not being notable.

  • Russia has very low rule of law, as such if this was ISO spec - they are not following it.
  • So long as they don't run afoul of Mr. Putin's views. Or views of people who believe they may be acting sympathetic to Mr. Putin's views.

    It's like a double edged sword, sharper on one side, but blunt on the other.

    • There is no difference between Putin's views and any other national leader who care. The difference here is that Russia, supposedly "defeated" in the Cold War dares to challenge the US and not play along anymore. This the root of all bitching that we enjoy since the beginning of Ukranian crisis.
  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @01:06PM (#46535871)

    ... published works take down you!

  • It sounds like they went through a lot of effort to make this agreement with Russia. Why on earth someone would do that, when the country doesn't operate under Rule of Law anyway? The current regime has shown time after time that it considers itself bound neither by its own laws, nor its signed treaties. When a company starts to do well, they nationalize it [] and throw the former owners in jail. When they want some territory, they take it.

    If you agree to any of their laws or treaties, they only bind you, not

    • First of all, this was spearheaded largely by the Russian Wikipedia.

      Second, while law is "flexible" in Russia, it's nowhere near as bad as you make it sound. Basically, when it gets political, then all bets are off, but otherwise rule of law applies. And even for political cases, they try to make some semblance of due process.

      • by T.E.D. ( 34228 )
        There's no such thing as almost having Rule of Law. If the laws don't apply to the powerful, then you don't really have laws. Constraining the powerful is what laws are for. The powerful don't need protection.
        • By your definition, no country in the world has rule of law, since for every single one you can find some exception where someone got off.

    • No worries, mate. I just reverted the change.

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