Russia Adopts Digital Rights Law That ‘Forms the Basis’ of Digital Economy Development

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Russia’s parliament, the State Duma, has voted to enact new digital rights legislation in October this year, according to a press release on the Duma’s official website on March 12.The changes to Russia’s civil codex passed their third and final Duma reading on Tuesday. The law reportedly establishes the concept of “digital rights” in Russian legislation with the addition of a new article, 141.1, of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation.The law determines how digital rights can be exercised and transferred, as well establishes rules for digital transactions, including contracts.The press release quotes the Chairman of the State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, as stating that the digital rights law “forms the basis for the development of the digital economy. This is a new area for our rights, thus it is important for us to consolidate the basic concepts.”Commenting on how the legal landscape will look in Russia after October, Aleksandr…

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