Legal Category: Legal

Ukrainian social media users get five years in prison for ‘supporting separatism’

A Ukrainian court sentenced two men to five years in prison for “supporting separatism” on the social media website VKontakte on February 6.

The men, both residents of Sloviansk, were arrested by Ukraine’s Security Services in April 2015. They were convicted by a Sloviansk city court under an article of Ukraine’s penal code, “Infringement of the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine,” which carries with it a penalty of three to five years in prison.

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Amazon Prime Video acquires rights for Ukrainian movie

Amazon Prime Video has acquired rights to Ukrainian comedy #Selfieparty produced by the Sonce (“the Sun” in Ukrainian) channel. The news was reported by Sonce on its Facebook page earlier this month.

The acquisition took place a month after US tech giant made its video offer available in Ukraine along with other 200 countries and territories around the globe.

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Ukraine sues Booking.com for operating in Crimea

The Crimea prosecution office, whose role is to apply Ukrainian law in a territory which has been under Russian control since March 2014, has filed a lawsuit against Booking.com.

The company, which is incorporated in the Netherlands, is accused of “violating Ukrainian and international law, as well as sanctions, not only by cooperating with bandit self-constituted authorities, but also by advertising and letting book accommodation in Crimean hotels which were stolen from Ukraine.”

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New law allows Ukrainian service exporters to deal with foreign companies by email or invoice

Earlier this week the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, approved amendments to the Ukrainian export legislation, which may facilitate the export of services. The new legislation will apply to all exporting companies, including service providers and freelancers from the IT industry.

The new legislation lifts the obligation to sign a paper contract, use a rubber stamp, provide a report of completion and translate documents from English to Ukrainian when delivering services to a client from outside the country.

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Ukrainian IT business targeted by indiscriminate secret service pressure

Since early 2010 the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) has been checking the legality of the work of IT companies. While some cases of large investigation program towards big IT-companies proved to be justified, law-abiding IT businesses have also been targeted. Among the latest examples are Adamant, Lucky Labs, KM Core, and V.O.K.S.

Sadly enough, the guilt of IT-companies has been proven in none of the cases, writes The Libertarian Republic.

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Ukrainian citizen arrested while smuggling cigarettes by drone

Last week a resident of Chop, a town in Western Ukraine, was arrested while trying to smuggle 16 cartons of cigarettes Marlboro to Hungary by drone.

Another 16 cartons which were probably supposed to be “transported” too were confiscated along with the drone at the time of arrest.

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All iPhone 7 owners in Ukraine are criminals, says head of Ukraine’s fiscal service

Head of Ukraine’s Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov said on Sept. 27 that all the iPhones 7 that are found in Ukraine have been smuggled into the country.

“If you see someone with an iPhone 7, you can tell those people that they are criminals,” Nasirov said at the Cabinet of Ministers’ meeting.

According to him, for the last two weeks, the customs officers have focused on looking particularly for Apple electronics on the border, and especially iPhone 7, their latest smartphone released on Sept. 7.

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NBU simplifies settlements for purchases of services and IP rights

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has abolished the requirement for Ukrainian residents to obtain a price evaluation act to make cross-border payments for the purchase of services and IP rights from foreign residents in the amount exceeding €50,000. The central bank’s decision took effect on August 19, 2016.

Previously, such price evaluations were delivered by the State Research and Information Centre for Monitoring International Commodity Markets (Derzhzovnishinform).

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“Innovating Justice Boostcamp” to showcase Ukraine’s most innovative legal and justice ventures (Sept. 28)

The Ukrainian tech and legal communities are cordially invited to the Innovating Justice Boostcamp, an event organized by the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) in Kyiv (Kiev) on September 28.

This event will highlight the Ukrainian semi-finalists of HiiL Justice Accelerator. It will feature pitches by the eight most innovative legal and justice ventures in Ukraine, carefully selected from more than 40 applicants.

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US authorities charge Ukrainian owner of top file-sharing site with copyright infringement

U.S. authorities have charged a Ukrainian citizen, the alleged owner of the world’s most visited illegal file-sharing website KickassTorrent, with criminal copyright infringement and have seized domain names associated with the website.

Artem Vaulin, 30-year-old from Kharkiv, was arrested on July 20 in Poland and was charged under a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Chicago.

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