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US leans on Russia to close down allofmp3.com

Iron curtains
Wed Nov 29 2006, 13:37
IT LOOKS LIKE the game could be up for the Russian music site Allofmp3.com.

According to a document dug up by Diggers, the United States and Russia have agreed some arrangement over copyright issues.

The paper slice says: "The United States and Russia have agreed on a binding blueprint for actions that Russia will take to address piracy and counterfeiting and improve protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR), both stated priorities of the Russian Government, starting immediately."

Allofmp3.com is mentioned explicitly as a site that permits, "illegal distribution of music and other copyright works". And since the Russians seem to have agreed to the terms of the deal, it seems the site could be headed for the Interweb knackers' yard.

A quick peruse through the document, which is a pdf accessible here, reveals a bunch of demand the US is making of the pesky ex-commies. It's not clear what they get in return. A free hand in Chechnya, probably. Or Afghanistan. µ

 

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