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Valuation Corp.
appraisal service & consulting
Valuation Corp.
appraisal & consulting

VALUATION Corp. Provides Independent Valuation of Copyright and Other Author's Rights in Moscow and Russian Regions

Objects of Copyright Protection in Russia

According to the current Russian civil law, objects of copyright protection are creative works of science, art and literature. In particular, copyrightable objects are:

  • computer programs and databases;
  • literary works;
  • works of dramatic and musical dramatic art, scenarios;
  • choreographic works and pantomimes;
  • musical works with or without lyrics;
  • audiovisual works (cinema films, television and video films, slide films, filmstrips and other cinema and television works);
  • works of painting, sculpture, graphics, design, graphic stories, comics and other works of art;
  • works of decorative, applied and scenographic art;
  • works of architecture, urban planning and landscape art;
  • photographic works and works obtained by methods similar to photography;
  • geographical, geological and other maps, plans, sketches and plastic works related to geography, topography and other sciences;
  • other works, including derivative works - such as translations, essays, reviews, new compositions and the like.

Documents and Information for Valuation

Generally, for full valuation of copyright valuation the following information and documents are required:

  1. Description (or copy if applicable) of the copyrighted work with such details as author’ name, copyright holder’s name and creation date.
  2. Copy of the Certificate of state registration – if copyright is registered.
  3. Itemized costs in physical (natural) or monetary terms for the creation the copyrighted work.
  4. Valid licensing agreements - if any.
  5. Details about usage(s) and income from the use of the copyrighted work already obtained by the copyright holder (agreements with publishers, recording studios, etc.) - if any.
  6. Future use of the copyrighted work and the amount of projected income of the copyright holder under existing contracts, agreements, etc. (if any).
  7. Information about existing encumbrances and restrictions to use the copyrighted work, i.e. concluded licensing agreements, court decisions in relation to the copyrighted work, etc. (if any).

Depending on the purpose of valuation and other factors, the above list of information and documents may be reduced or expanded after our detailed review of the valuation assignment.

Author’s Rights in Russia

As the name suggests, the term “author’s rights” describes not just one right, but a combination of several different rights at once. The authors’ rights for any copyrighted work in Russia are divided into two main groups.

The first group is the moral (non-property) rights of the author in relation to his/her work. Moral rights include:

  • the right of authorship - the moral right of the creator of a copyrighted work to be named and recognized as the author of this work;
  • the right to a name - the moral right of the author to choose under which name a copyrighted work will be used - under his/her true name, under a pseudonym or anonymously;
  • the right to first publish - the moral right of the author to publish a work in any form for the first time since creation or to give permission to publish a copyrighted work for the first time;
  • the right to protect the reputation of the author - the moral right of the author to protect his/her work from being used in detrimental way that could harm his honor and dignity and to protect his/her work from distortion.

All moral rights are non-property rights because it is impossible to alienate those rights from a person (author). Therefore, author’s moral rights cannot be sold, gifted, inherited or transferred in any other way. Author’s moral rights do not participate in legal property circulation and cannot be appraised.

The second group is of the author’s rights is the group of economic rights, which are property rights of the author in relation to his/her work. The author’s rights in this group consist of the copyright - the exclusive right (see definition of the exclusive right in Russia) of the author to use copyrighted work in any legal way for a limited period of time and non-exclusive rights, which author can grant to third parties if they want to legally use his/her copyrighted work under license agreement.

Unlike moral author’s rights, economic author’s rights can be transferred to other persons/entities (sold, donated, transferred by inheritance, etc.), therefore economic author’s rights participate in market circulation and can be appraised along with property rights to other types of intellectual property. With economic author’s rights situations are possible when the author of the work of science, art or literature and the copyright holder of the same work are different entities.

According to Russian civil law, all author’s rights (both moral and economic) to any copyrightable work begin at the time of the work’s creation and are protected by the state without the any registration. Rights to certain works, such as databases and computer programs (including operating systems), can be officially registered at the request of the author, but such registration is optional. However, that voluntary registration of copyright on computer programs and databases is advisable because often helps in resolving situations with violation of the copyright, as it is a strong evidence of authorship.

Copyright Valuation Services

Valuation of author’s rights is possible only in regard to economic rights – copyright (which is the exclusive right) and non-exclusive rights to use copyrighted work under a license agreement. Technically, copyright valuation is a special case of intellectual property valuation, in which the valuation subject is copyrighted work of science, art or literature.

An independent valuation of the fair market value of copyrighted work in Russia is most often required in the following typical situations:

  • price negotiations prior to a buy-sell transaction;
  • making a non-monetary contribution to the charter fund (shareholders’ capital) of a Russian legal entity;
  • determination of fair amount of royalties for transferring of non-exclusive rights to use a copyrighted work under license agreement;
  • registration of inheritance by a notary;
  • determination of initial book value of an intangible asset for accounting purposes;
  • determination of damages from copyright infringements caused to the copyright holder by third parties.

Our firm has more than 20 years of experience in copyright valuation in Russia and we provide qualified professional services of independent valuation of copyright and related rights to resolve any situation.

For more information on our valuation services, please contact us.