A parody propaganda poster from the Modern Humorist website
While the sensational case of Alexander Litvinenko dominates world media headlines about Russia this week, Russia's integration into the global economy quietly moves forward. As part of the agreement to bring Russia into the World Trade Organization, the Russian government has agreed to shut down AllofMP3.com, an online music store that the U.S. government asserts is pirating intellectual property and failing to pay royalties to American media companies. Russia Blog has previously reported on the online music site and the problem of digital piracy in Russia here.
AllofMP3.com executives assert that they are paying royalties to copyright holders through the Russian Multimedia and Internet Society, but the U.S. government has never recognized this organization as legitimate. According to company spokesmen, AllofMP3.com continues to operate and has not been shut down. However, in October Visa announced that it would stop processing credit card orders for the site, dealing a severe blow to its online business.
Read the full article at CNet here.