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    Russian Government Mulls Fines to Prevent Camming in Cinemas

    Russia's Ministry of Culture has presented draft legislation to the government designed to prevent 'camming' in cinemas. The bill, should it be passed, would prevent all acts of filming when a movie is being shown, even if that takes the form of a video 'selfie' among friends.

    Despite an increased desire to download and stream only the best quality copies of pirate movies, a significant number of pirates are still prepared to obtain so-called ‘cammed’ movies.

    These copies are mostly obtained in cinemas by pointing a recording device, usually a camcorder or mobile phone, directly at the screen. The end result is often less than optimal but despite the regularly abysmal copies, people flock to download them, since this is often the only way to watch movies at home while they’re still in their theatrical windows.

    The United States has cracked down on camming with strict legislation that can, in appropriate circumstances, lead to perpetrators being put behind bars. Other countries are still playing catch-up though, including Russia where current law isn’t much of a deterrent. However, the authorities there have been showing signs of a shift and this week revealed that tougher anti-camming legislation is on the horizon.

    Filming a ‘Fragment’ of a Movie Would be Illegal

    A draft proposal from the Ministry of Culture presented to the government earlier this month aims to outlaw not only obvious camming in cinemas but also any kind of filming during a presentation. Minister of Culture Olga Lyubimova described the problem of camming as “serious” and one that requires a tough response, particularly to protect local producers.

    “This is not just a ban on any kind of recording, we are used to these warnings before each film,” Lyubimova said, as cited by TASS.

    “If at the time [when a movie is showing the viewer] is filming a fragment or filming himself in some kind of video, then this is also filming inside the cinema. I think that the appeal to the audience will bring change, we will talk about it with cinemas.”

    Lyubimova warned that people playing with their phones during a presentation could face fines under the proposals but added in a Facebook post that previous discussion on the topic hadn’t been easy.

    Long Road to Draft Bill

    “Almost two years ago, our committee held a round table in the State Duma dedicated to improving legislative mechanisms for combating piracy,” she explained.

    “Following the meeting, recommendations were made. One of which sounded like this: ‘The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, together with the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, will prepare proposals for establishing responsibility for video recording of films on household devices (cameras, telephones) when they are shown in cinemas’.”

    It appears that the Ministry of Internal Affairs initially had reservations about the proposal on the basis that recording a film only amounted to “preparing for a crime” and it seemed “excessive” to introduce criminal liability for the act in isolation. This is because subsequent use of the footage is already a crime under the Criminal Code and so can be dealt with that way.

    Selfies Would Be Banned, Treated as Harshly as Camming

    Under the current regime, punishment for recording in cinemas is moderated according to intent, meaning that someone who isn’t acting for financial gain can escape prosecution. The current proposals, which are now with the lawmakers, would certainly change that, even scooping up people taking videos of themselves during a performance.

    That being said, Lyubimova says that it’s unlikely that the passage of the bill will be easy, adding that the precise financial penalties for those caught filming are yet to be decided. A ball-park figure of between 50,000 to 100,000 rubles is being discussed but even at the higher end of the scale, that’s just shy of US$700, a drop in the ocean compared to the punishments available in the United States.

    Russia’s ‘Camming’ Problem According to the USTR

    According to the United States Trade representative, 26 illegally camcorded movies were traced back to Russian cinemas in 2015. In 2016, this increased to 63 cammed copies and in 2017 the figure rose again to 78 movies, a 300% increase over the number reported in 2015.

    By 2018, however, ‘camming’ was on the way down, with the USTR’s Special 301 Report noting that ‘just’ 48 titles were recorded and subsequently appeared online. For movie studios that’s still 48 too many.

    Source: Torrentfreak.com

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    The Ministry of Culture proposed to introduce fines of up to 100 thousand rubles for filming in cinemas

    Olga Lyubimova spoke about the introduction of a bill that would prohibit any filming of film fragments in cinemas

    KALUGA, July 22. / TASS /. The Ministry of Culture has submitted to the government of the Russian Federation a draft federal law, which includes the introduction of a ban on any filming of film fragments in cinemas, violators will face a fine of 50 to 100 thousand rubles. The Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Olga Lyubimova announced this to journalists on Wednesday.

    According to the minister, the Ministry of Culture submitted to the government of the Russian Federation a draft federal law "On Amendments to the Federal Law" On State Support of Cinematography of the Russian Federation "in early July.

    “This is also very serious our constant joint work, including with the association of our domestic film networks. This is not just a ban on any shooting, we are used to these warnings before each film. People who come to cinemas should understand that even games with telephones can result in fines of 50 and up to 100 thousand rubles, "Lyubimova said.

    As explained in the Ministry of Culture, regarding fines, the ministry has prepared amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation. According to the new provisions, an administrative fine in the amount of 50 thousand rubles should be imposed on persons filming in a cinema, and for a repeated offense - 100 thousand rubles.

    "If at the time of [the demonstration of the film, the viewer] is filming a fragment or [filming] himself in some kind of video, then this is also filming inside the cinema <...>. I think that the appeal to the audience will change, we will talk about it with cinemas ", - added Lyubimova.

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