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Russia clamps down on video on demand services

Russian authorities have recently adopted a new law on ‘online cinemas,’ which amends the Federal Law ‘On Information, Information Technologies and Protection of Information’ and which is directed at video on demand (‘VoD services’). The new Law has however been subject to some criticism, and also contains some ambiguities, for instance there is some confusion around platforms with user-generated content. David Aylen and Meldir Erbulekova of Gowling WLG (International) Inc. analyse the new Law, the concerns and the possible market impact.

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