Russia Launches 1st Criminal Film Piracy Case

Law360, New York (October 24, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT) -- Russian prosecutors filed the country's first criminal charges for film piracy Monday, after the U.S. and other trading partners expressed concerns about its intellectual property enforcement and as it moves toward finally joining the World Trade Organization.

Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Grin said in a statement that he had filed criminal copyright infringement charges against Andrew and Natalie Lopukhovs, a married couple accused of uploading popular films to a website called Interfilm.ru.

The couple uploaded films including "Shrek 3," "28 Weeks Later" and "Resident Evil...
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