Tuesday, March 29, 2005

IFPI Settles with Russian Disc Plant

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has reached a settlement with a Russian optical disc plant that admitted to have produced counterfeit CDs in the past. The IFPI strives for "proper CD plant regulation", which would be one step if we may believe a Russian seller of pirated material, quoted here last week.
[T]he majority of illegally duplicated products on today's market are manufactured by the same plants that make perfectly licensed copies at "daytime". I know for sure that at least two of such plants are up and running in St. Petersburg. They kind of work "around the clock" putting out lots of stuff. So the quality of an illegal copy equals that of an licensed product since both are manufactured using the same equipment.
In the meantime Russian copyright is so "outdated" that it does not cover file-sharing, often erroneously also called piracy.

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