Ukraine’s Cyberpolice Department and Clean Sky Initiative have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to combat the illegal distribution of media content and infringement of intellectual property rights.
The Clean Sky initiative now brings together more than 20 participating companies and partners, including Ukrainian media groups, providers, online cinemas, advertising agencies and other media market players. By joint efforts, the parties plan to establish a mechanism for exchanging information on cases of copyright infringement on the Ukrainian internet, develop mechanisms to respond to acts of piracy and promote the development of legal audiovisual content.
The MoC also plans to raise public awareness of cyber security and joint monitoring for intellectual property infringement.
Commenting on the MoC, Oleksandr Hrynchak, head of the Cyberpolice Department, said: “Combating the illegal distribution of copyrighted content is one of the cyberpolice’s priorities. However, our legislation needs to be changed in this area. Today (September 28), two bills are under consideration in the Verkhovna Rada (parliament), which will significantly help in documenting and disclosing cases of piracy”.
Vyacheslav Mienko, head of Clean Sky Initiative, added: “I hope that by joint efforts we will be able to persuade the right holders to take an active position in defending their rights”.
Just a few days ago, the Cyberpolice signed a MoC with the Telecommunication Chamber of Ukraine and the Association of Rights Owners and Content Providers, which is also aimed at combating piracy and improving the protection of intellectual property rights.