Copyright protection

Under the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works of September 9, 1886 (as amended on September 28, 1979), copyright protection emerges automatically without the need for registration. At the same time, voluntary registration (depositing) of works can help solve disputes over ownership or creation, as well as facilitate financial transactions, sales, and the assignment/transfer of rights.

Among the works protected by copyright in Russia are the following:

  • literary works such as novels, poems, plays, reference works, and newspaper articles
  • computer programs and databases
  • films, musical compositions, and choreography
  • artistic works such as paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures
  • architecture
  • advertisements and technical drawings
  • television formats, etc.

Copyright protection is available for objects depending on whether they contain sufficient human authorship.

Our company can offer the following services in this sphere:

  • litigation and prelitigation process in case of unlawful use of your works
  • protection of rights of writers, musicians, artists, web designers, and other authors
  • agreements for the purposes of commercial use of your rights
  • voluntary registration (depositing) of your works
  • counselling on civil law, administrative law, and criminal law matters related to copyright, etc.

Featured specialist

Copyright protection
Your name *
Company name
Your phone
Email *
Your question

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? ASK OUR EXPERT!

Our software has been registered with the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers (SIAE). To obtain protection in Russia, do we have to register it in your country? Is the foreign registration automatically recognized?

Our software has been registered with the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers (SIAE). To obtain protection in Russia, do we have to register it in your country? Is the foreign registration automatically recognized?


According to the Berne Convention, a software program created in one of the member states of the Convention is automatically protected in Russia. In general, there are no requirements for copyright deposit or registration, and copyright protection emerges automatically.

Software is the only object of copyright that can be registered by the Russian state, but even in this case, registration is voluntary. Many entities choose official registration of their software programs with Rospatent (RUPTO) as a way of proving the fact and date of creation. Generally, this can help solve disputes over ownership or creation, as well as facilitate financial transactions, sales, and the assignment/transfer of rights. However, if, in a dispute, the opposite party can provide proof of creation at an earlier time (including information from foreign repositories, such as SIAE), the court shall rule for that party.

To summarize, this means that the Italian registration/deposit of the software will be recognized in Russia in case of a legal dispute. No additional protection measures are required.


In which cases can a work of art be freely used in advertising?

In which cases can a work of art be freely used in advertising?

According to Russian Legislation on Intellectual property, a work of art is protected during the author’s life plus 70 years calculated from the beginning of the year following the author’s death. After that, the work passes into the public domain and can be freely copied, reproduced and used, including in advertising.

At the same time, it is important to mention another limitation that is set outside intellectual property legislation. According to the Federal Law “On the Museum Fund of the Russian Federation and museums in the Russian Federation”, the use of works of art that make part of a Russian museum's collection requires the Museum’s permission (regardless of their being in the public domain).

A few of OUR advantages
  • We have nearly a century’s experience,

    guaranteeing you the highest quality service.

  • We have ample specialists in all areas of science and technology,

    allowing us to resolve even your most complex challenges.

  • Our patent attorneys and litigation lawyers work in tandem

    to provide you with the best-quality patents and to represent you successfully both in legal and in administrative disputes.

  • We provide an electronic interface to the patent offices

    with fully automated workflow to eliminate multiple data entry and avoid errors.

  • Proximity to the customer, both geographic and electronic.

    We have offices in the center of Moscow and in other major Russian cities. You can also access us remotely from anyplace in the world.

  • International IP publications rate us among the most prestigious world leaders

    in the area of Intellectual Property.

  • Transparent reporting and detailed invoicing

    provide you with complete information on our services.

  • Our professional liability is insured

    by one of the world’s leading insurance companies.