In Russia, the number of lawsuits in the IT sphere has grown by 20%


Against the background of the digitalization of the economy in 2021, the number of courts in the field of information technology increased by 20%, a study by the RTM Group showed. Basically, they are associated with the illegal use of intellectual property, software (software), as well as with the recognition of the information disseminated on the network prohibited. The number of such cases will grow, experts say.

In Russia, the number of lawsuits in the IT sphere has grown by 20%

The number of acts issued by Russian courts in civil, administrative and criminal cases related to information technology increased by more than 20% in 2021, reported “Kommersant” with reference to the research of the RTM Group. In total, over 623 thousand acts were issued during the year.

Most of the lawsuits are related to the misuse of intellectual property, the recovery of compensation for the illegal use of software, as well as the recognition of information disseminated on the network prohibited. This alignment will continue in 2022, and the number of cases will grow by another 20-25%, analysts predict.

The pandemic has led to the active penetration of technologies into all spheres of life, which is why the number of incidents is growing, says Sergey Golovanov, chief expert at Kaspersky Lab. He also believes that the trend is likely to continue. For companies, the issues of information leaks are especially acute, because in addition to direct damage, they also carry serious reputational risks, Golovanov added.

The most controversial issues in the work of an IT company are compliance with licensing conditions for software, noted the lawyer of the Krok IT company Evgeny Arkhipov.

“A software distributor is obliged to bind customers with the terms of use of the software, which are provided by the vendors. At the same time, as a rule, a distributor works at the junction of foreign and domestic law: a foreign developer grants licenses under foreign law, and the distributor’s task is to sell them to domestic customers within the Russian one, ”he noted. According to Arkhipov, sometimes such adaptation is not easy.

According to Alexander Zhuravlev, managing partner of the law firm EDR, the number of cases in the IT sector is growing even faster (by 70%) than according to the estimates of the RTM Group. Among them are the use of pirated software by companies, transactions with cryptocurrency, hacker attacks on competitors, disputes over theft of accounts and items in video games.

Experts believe that the trend can create difficulties, since due to a lack of competencies, the courts and law enforcement agencies are not yet ready for such an increase in the number of proceedings, said Boris Edidin, deputy chairman of the commission for legal support of the digital economy of the Moscow branch of the Russian Lawyers Association.

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