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Presidential instructions following meeting with internet community representatives

June 2, 2011

Dmitry Medvedev approved a list of instructions issued following an April 29, 2011 meeting with internet community representatives.

The President gave the following instructions:

- to draft proposals on amending Russian laws so as to give authors the right to make their works available on a free-licence basis to the public at large (along the lines of Creative Commons, GNU FDL);

- to discuss with media representatives, including internet and broadcast media, other information copyright holders, authors’ organisations, and Russian and international experts the use of works protected by copyright laws, taking into account modern methods for their reproduction, and analyse global practice in order to develop models that would expand and facilitate public access to material of cultural value, including for information, scientific and educational purposes, and draft proposals for discussion at international forums based on the conclusions reached; 

- to draft proposals on amending Russian laws on the mass media regarding liability limits of media outlets disseminated in the internet for the publication of comments by readers and remarks by third parties that violate Russian legislation, including the laws on preventing extremist activity;

- to draft proposals on procedures for giving nationally accredited intermediate vocational and higher professional education establishments access to audiovisual materials in the state mass media archives;

- to speed up the work to bring Russian law into line with the Council of Europe’s Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data, which requires ending unjustified responsibilities placed on those collecting and managing personal data. The Russian Foreign Ministry has been instructed to hand over to the depositary the instruments of Russia’s ratification of the said convention. 

June 2, 2011