MPA chairman calls on Bush and Putin to help movie industry with pirate
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Source: Mi2N - May 23, 2002
With US President George W. Bush in Russia for trade talks with Russian
President Putin, Jack Valenti, Chairman and CEO of America's Motion Picture
Association (MPA), said "Russia has an opportunity to rescue her creative
industry and ours from the stranglehold of organized crime, which has
threatened not only Russia's domestic market, but could soon have an effect
over the rest of Europe."
Asking Russia to recognize that a liberalized Russian market where a
"tolerable level of piracy exists" helps free trade and also protects
Russia's audiovisual industry, he said, "We call on President Bush and
President Putin to instruct their trade negotiators to ensure that these
concerns are addressed in the accession negotiations."
He added that Russian efforts to address piracy, "have been wholly
inadequate given the magnitude of the problem" and that Russia needs to
adopt an optical disc law.
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