The vast majority of Russian Film Hub movies are embedded YouTube content from the following film studios: Mosfilm (the largest Soviet film studio), Lenfilm, Gorkyfilm, and Central Partnership (the largest contemporary Russian film distributor). Russian Film Hub also links to a number of relatively recent releases which you can stream on Amazon Prime Video. As such, the copyright of all these movies is held by these studios and distributors.
Generally when these copyright holders upload videos to YouTube, they enter into a royalty-free licensing agreement with YouTube that grants public usage rights. That’s how Russian Film Hub is able to get access to such a large, high quality film catalog.
Although the owners of these YouTube videos relinquish certain rights by using the YouTube platform, they do still hold a number of rights that Russian Film Hub fully respects and complies with. These copyright holders retain all economic and moral rights to their videos.
The video content you see on Russian Film Hub is always hosted by one of these third-party websites: YouTube, Vimeo, and DailyMotion. When Russian Film Hub links to an external paid streaming site, it is either Amazon Prime Video or Apple iTunes.
As such, Russian Film Hub is not an online service provider as defined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. We do not provide legal copyright owners or non-copyright holders with the ability to publish on the internet by uploading, storing, and displaying various media utilizing our services. And to be absolutely clear, we do not host video content on our own servers.
As such, in the unlikely event that you believe infringing material appears on this website, your best bet for taking down the content is to contact the following video hosts here: YouTube, Vimeo, and DailyMotion. If you notify us in writing on our Contact page, we will ensure that content is not on our website and will gladly work with you to help enforce your copyright.
If you are a copyright holder from the former Soviet Union and would like any help enforcing your copyright in the US, we are glad to help you navigate US copyright.
There are three main components: public domain status, the legacy of Soviet copyright mores, and rampant illegal streaming in Russia today.
Russian Film Hub exists because despite Russian and Soviet cinema being so unusually available online, it is also highly inaccessible to non-Russian speakers. By cataloging and organizing these films and sharing versions with subtitles in English and other languages, Russian Film Hub empowers people around the world to find, watch, and enjoy Russian movies to the max. As such, we try to be the crucial interlocutor the non-Russian speaking world needs in this historically important part of world cinema.
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