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Source: Mi2N - May 19, 2002
Record labels of the World - Unite! Because Russia's capacity for producing
CDs - including music, film and business and leisure software - now totals
an estimated 200 million discs, "four times the country's legitimate
Who says so?
The IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), which also
says according to a global piracy survey it will shortly release, "Russia's
music pirate market is worth US$240 million and is second in size only to
The evident solution?
Says the IFPI, Russian record labels and the "international music industry"
will support a new organisation that will, "develop the legitimate music
market and fight the country's rampant levels of copyright piracy."
The organization is called the National Federation of Phonogram Producers
(NFPP) and it, "represents 70% of the music industry in Russia and unites
the major Russian and international record companies for the first time,"
say the NFPP and IFPI.
And guess who's behind the NFPP?
The IFPI, whose European board members held the first joint meeting with
NFPP members on May 14 after which it was announced that the chief
priorities of NFPP are: developing the Russian music market and the
industry's infrastructure; fighting piracy alongside other music rights
holders; and lobbying the Russian Government for effective copyright
legislation and professional anti-piracy enforcement - including "measures to
control pirate production by Russia's rapidly-growing CD manufacturing
NFPP and IFPI will also work on, "anti-piracy information campaigns aimed at
the Government and the public."
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