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Copyright or right to copy

Russia is one of the world’s largest intellectual piracy centres. Local police are fighting daily against copyright violators. More than 4000 people faced prosecution for appropriating intellectual property from other people in 2007. Police confiscated pirated discs with the total cost of $US6 MLN. The estimated cost of equipment, recovered at underground factories, is tens of millions US dollars. Although it is still very easy to buy pirated discs in any Russian city, it seems like their time is coming to an end.