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Belarus legalizes pirated movies, music and software from “unfriendly countries”

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In Belarus, digital piracy against “unfriendly countries” has been legalized. Under the new law, it is allowed to use digital materials without the consent of foreign copyright holders, the Russian editorial office of Deutsche Welle announced on Saturday.

The new law allows for pirate use of films, music and computer programs from “unfriendly countries”. The document also legalizes import into the territory Belarus goods covered by copyright without the consent of foreign owners of these rights, and in this case not only from “hostile countries”, according to Deutsche Welle.

Law “for development”

According to the portal, the Belarusian legislator explains this decision with the need to “develop the intellectual, spiritual and moral potential of society” and “reduce the critical deficit on the domestic market of food and other goods.”

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According to the new law, signed by Belarusian dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenko on January 3, importing goods without the sanction of the copyright owner is not considered a crime and it is enough for the goods to be included in the list of “essential” for the domestic market, according to Deutsche Welle.

Confiscation of property of “unfriendly” foreigners

On Friday, the lower house of the Belarusian parliament passed and referred to the upper house a law on the confiscation of property of foreigners for “unfriendly actions”. It allows the Belarusian authorities to seize money, securities and property rights of foreign citizens and companies.

Main photo source: Alexei Nikolsky/kremlin.ru/TASS/PAP

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