RIAA targeting music and software pirates in Russia now
The Recording Industry of America (RIAA) is already quite notoriously known for their actions against the p2p application developers and users in the United States for illegal sharing and downloading of pirated digital content. They have sued thousands of web users in the country claiming that they broke the law by downloading pirated songs from the internet. Developers of applications like Napster were taken to courts and now they act as a legal download service offering songs on sale on the internet.
Now, the association plans to strike the pirates in Russia. The organization is pushing the United States senate to take action against the country for not taking enough measures to stop digital piracy in their country. A newsletter from the RIAA claims that they have managed to get a bill sponsored in the Senate that will get Russia discharged from the WTO (World Trade Organization) if they do not get their act together.
The aim of the RIAA is to get the Russian government to act tough against the web users in the country who indulge in the practice of providing illegal music and software content on the internet. Russia has become a safe haven for such people who can no longer afford to continue their work in other countries where the copyright laws are getting stronger and stronger.
RIAA chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol said in a statement: “The effective protection of American intellectual property has been sorely lacking in Russia. We must not enter into political arrangements with countries ill-prepared to adequately protect our greatest economic assets.â€ He wants the US government to use their mutual understanding with the Russian government to get them to take serious action against the digital pirates in the region.