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Master of Laws


Many U.S. lawyers are under the well-deserved, but still not entirely accurate, impression that copyright infringement in Russia is a huge free-for-all. This comparative paper, which juxtaposes Russian and American copyright exemptions, seeks to partially refute that skeptic view by showing that, in fact, Russian copyright law has developed a relatively coherent system of exceptions and limitations to exclusive rights. This paper begins with a brief overview of Russian copyright law and general remarks on its exemptions. It then focuses on statutory and, where appropriate, case-law comparison of particular copyright exemptions in the Part 4 of the Russian Civil Code and the U.S. Copyright Act. The paper is summed up with a Conclusion and an Appendix containing a comparative chart on Russian and American copyright law exceptions and limitations.


Comparative and Foreign Law | Intellectual Property Law | Law

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