Over the past few weeks, Hollywood studios and media companies, among many others, have shown their support for Ukraine by ending business relations with Russia. This is in addition to official sanctions imposed on the Russian state by the US, UK and EU.
In a single response to boycotts and sanctions, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development has relaxed copyright laws and, according to recent reports, has essentially decided to legalize the piracy of movies, TV shows, video games, etc
In a statement, a ministry official said: “The possibility of lifting restrictions on the use of intellectual property contained in certain goods, the supply of which in Russia is limited, is being considered… This will mitigate the impact in the market for disruptions in supply chains, as well as the shortage of goods and services due to new sanctions from Western countries.
Moreover, Dmitry Ionin, a member of the State Duma (a body of the Russian parliament), appeared to suggest that the government would also allow the use of torrent sites to pirate Hollywood films that will no longer be shown in Russian theaters.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, various companies have acted alongside official trade sanctions. Disney, for example, announced that it was suspending the release of its films in Russia and working with NGO partners to help Ukrainian refugees. Paramount has canceled the release of sonic the hedgehog 2 and The lost citywhile Warner Bros. removed the Russian release of The Batman from its schedule and Sony pulled the release of Morbius distribution in the region. But these are not the only media giants that have acted in favor of Ukraine. Netflix, which would have been required by Russian law to broadcast state propaganda, recently announced that it would suspend its service there.
The international community in general has imposed heavy sanctions on Russia. The United States has imposed sanctions on Russian gas and oil, as have the United Kingdom and the EU. In addition, these countries have frozen Russia’s foreign assets, suspended the Central Bank of the Russian Federation from the Bank for International Settlements, and banned individuals and companies from doing business with it.
As of this writing, Russian forces have taken several towns and are advancing towards the Ukrainian capital of kyiv. Russian forces have bombed nuclear facilities, kindergartens, hospitals and more. The invasion displaced more than two million people and left more than 500 civilians dead and nearly a thousand injured.
Source: IGN, BBC
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