Russia’s Ministry of Justice has published a proposed bill that softens the liability for copyright infringement.
Kommersant reports that as a result a quarter of such infringements could be decriminalised.
It adds that the threshold at which crimes are considered on a large scale (punishable by a fine of R200,000 (€1,939) or up to two years imprisonment) would be raised from R100,000 to R500,000.
Especially larges crimes (punishable by a fine of R500,000 or up to six years imprisonment) would be raised from R250 million to R1 million, and at a still higher level the threshold would be increased from R1 million to R4 million.
Significantly, since 2022 almost all of the copyright infringements have impacted Russian software developers since it is now rare for foreign ones to work in the country.