07MOSCOW3164, RUSSIA IPR: PIRATE WEBSITE WWW.ALLOFMP3.COM SHUT

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07MOSCOW3164 2007-06-28 14:17 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO8452
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #3164 1791417
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 281417Z JUN 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1695
INFO RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 003164 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/RUS; EB/TPP/IPE 
STATE PASS USTR FOR SDONNELLY, MROHDE, LERRION, LMOLNAR 
NSC FOR TMCKIBBEN 
USDOC FOR 4231/IEP/EUR/JBROUGHER 
USDOC FOR 4231/IEP/EUR/MEDWARDS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/30/2016 
TAGS: ETRD ECON WTO KIPR RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIA IPR: PIRATE WEBSITE WWW.ALLOFMP3.COM SHUT 
DOWN 
 
Classified By: Acting Economic M/C Laura Lochman for Reasons 1.5 (b) an 
d (d). 
 
1. (SBU) Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT) 
officials notified us by e-mail and phone June 28 that the 
pirate music website www.allofmp3.com was no longer 
operational.  According to our contacts, the site's 
operations were terminated under Article 64 of the Law on 
Communications, which provides that the GOR has the authority 
to order an Internet service provider to take down a site 
suspected of operating illegally.  Our contacts further 
explained that the site will be closed until a verdict is 
reached in the current criminal case against a former general 
manager of Media Services, operator of of www.allofmp3.com. 
 
2. (SBU) Post has verified that it is not possible to access 
the site www.allofmp3.com, while the site www.allofmp3.ru 
yields a message informing that the site is "closed for 
maintainance." 
 
3. (C) Comment: During a June 10 meeting on the margins of 
the St. Petersburg Econonomic Forum, U.S. Trade 
Representative Susan Schwab urged Minister of Economic 
Development and Trade German Gref to fulfill a GOR commitment 
under our November 2006 bilateral agreement on IPR to take 
action against websites promoting illegal distribution of 
protected content, specifically www.allofmp3.com.  She 
encouraged the GOR to do so prior to the July 2 meeting 
between Presidents Bush and Putin in Kennebunkport.  While 
MEDT officials initially expressed reservations about the 
GOR's ability to shut the site down (citing the fact that 
www.allofmp3.com's domain name is registered in the U.S.), a 
decision was obviously made to invoke the GOR's power under 
Article 64 of the Law on Communications and to instruct the 
Russian service provider to deny services to the website. 
 
4. (C) We will follow up with GOR officials regarding the 
steps taken and the current status of the criminal case 
against the former general director of www.allofmp3.com's 
operator, Media Services. 
BURNS

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