The Ministry of Digital is said to be preparing for compulsory licensing of foreign software as licenses are starting to run out and could restrict future use.
According to Russian news site Kommersant on Wednesday, December 28, most of the suppliers of software used in Russia come from companies that no longer operate in the country or support Russia.
To overcome this problem, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is seeking approval for government agencies and private providers to transfer license fees to special accounts designated by copyright owners. It just legalizes these companies and ministries to use illegal payments to evade sanctions.
The bill would also decriminalize the use of unlicensed software, a move that has divided opinion in the country’s IT industry. Some believe the move will keep critical systems operational, while others believe it will slow down import substitution.
Dmitry Nikitin, head of the IT industry development department at the Ministry of Digital, said the government “is tackling the issue of determining special conditions for the use of foreign software, and to conscientious Russians in that regard. It’s impossible,” he said. User fulfills existing contractual obligations. ”
Statistics Minister Maksut Shadayev said in a recent webinar:
“It’s not the business’s fault that the developer left the country, and it’s impossible to renew the license. We need to create another mechanism for well-intentioned users.”
Avoiding sanctions against foreign software through license enforcement or illegal payment methods to special accounts is unlikely to solve the problem entirely, and is likely to be exploited by some malicious operators. , other operators may choose to turn off the software rather than violate sanctions.
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