November 14, 2007

Using Copyright To Stifle Dissent [3:10 pm]

Disconnects between the law, its intent and common practice: Russia Casts A Selective Net in Piracy Crackdownpdf

The newspaper Novaya Gazeta, one of the last outposts of critical journalism in Russia, suspended publication of its regional edition in the southern city of Samara on Monday after prosecutors opened a criminal case against its editor, alleging that his publication used unlicensed software.

The case is part of a larger assault on independent news media, advocacy organizations and political activists, according to government critics. But it is one that is specifically tailored to deflect foreign criticism.

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