For importers

If you are an importer of recordable media used for private copying, in accordance with Russian legislation you have to pay blank tape levy in favor of authors, performers and phonogram and audiovisual works producers.

This obligation is set by the following statutory acts:

– Clause 1, Article 1245 of the Russian Civil Code;
– Decree of the Russian Government «On Remuneration for the Free Reproduction of Phonograms and Audiovisual Works for Personal Purposes» of October 14, 2010, #829.

Private copying levy shall not be charged from importers of professional equipment, which is not intended for home use.

Russian Union of Rights Holders is a collective management organization, accredited in the sphere of blank tape levy collection on behalf of authors, performers and producers of phonograms and audiovisual works.

You can contact us by tel. +7 (495) 988-50-89 or by e-mail: office@rp-union.ru.

Contract signing procedure





* Document Package for the Agreement:

  • Extract from the Unified State Register of Legal Entities;
  • Certificate of Incorporation;
  • Tax Registration Certificate;
  • Abstract of the Company’s minutes on its CEO appointment – if the Agreement is signed by the CEO;
  • Power of Attorney – if the Agreement is signed by an agent.

You do not need to provide original documents – only their confirmed copies, sealed and signed by the CEO or agent under power of attorney. An agent has to present the original Power of Attorney. If documents contain more than one page, they have to be bound, signed and sealed.

What is to be done after importing recordable media?

** Documents to the importation report:

– copies of customs declarations, confirming import of equipment and recordable media, containing product description, data on quantity, customs value of equipment and recordable media, information on corresponding codes of Customs Union Commodity Classification of Foreign Economic Activity;
– documentation confirming powers of the agent, who signed the Import Report on behalf of the importer;
– documentation confirming that the equipment is classified as professional, or is not intended for private copying. This documentation can include instructions on the use of equipment, operation manuals, technical documentation etc.

You do not need to provide original documents – only their confirmed copies, sealed and signed by the CEO or agent under power of attorney. An agent has to present the original Power of Attorney. If documents contain more than one page, they have to be bound, signed and sealed.

In some extraordinary cases RUR may demand additional documentation, necessary to verify equipment classification as professional or not intended for private copying.