The Lawyer Assessed the Possibility of Blocking Western Movies in Russia
I think the situation with foreign works will remain plus or minus more or less stable. At least not in the foreseeable future. There may be isolated incidents of non-renewal of certain licenses that will end. But I don’t see any drastic changes in the situation,” Sorochikhin said.
At the same time, he drew attention to the fact that the contract may contain force majeure conditions that give the right to one of the parties to suspend relations, or even terminate them. Whether the situation in Ukraine is force majeure, each side can interpret in its own way, and if disagreements arise, it is possible to continue proceedings in court, the lawyer added.
According to the human rights activist, whether Western content will remain on Russian platforms will also depend on the terms of the licenses issued by the copyright holders. On average, they last 5 years.
Previously, the largest Western film studios Sony, Walt Disney and Warner Bros. decided to suspend the release of their films in Russian distribution. The show of the new part of "Batman" was canceled the day before the official premiere. All three film giants explained their action by disagreeing with the military operation of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.