Praise Russian Government for Cracking Down on Online Piracy Websites

Target: Vladimir Grigoryev, Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications – Information Technology and Mass Media

Goal: Praise Grigoryev and the Russian government for standing against online piracy

In the wake of several ineffective online anti-piracy campaigns, the Russian government has decided that its time would be better spent cracking down on the illegal file-sharing sites themselves instead of prosecuting individual users who have been caught pirating copyrighted material.

While this may seem like good news for individual file-sharers, Vladimir Grigoryev, head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media in Russia (FAPMC), made it clear that his organization will be closely monitoring and, if necessary, cracking down on file-sharing websites that host illegal or copyright material.

Grigoryev made the announcement during the launch of a new nation-wide campaign to spur the legal purchase of eBooks called “Read Legally,” emphasizing that the monitoring of file-sharing websites is just one part of a larger campaign combating piracy and promoting legal file-sharing. Grigoryev also expressed his hope that the Russian Government’s crackdown on piracy would sit well with the U.S. since many U.S. industries, especially the music industry, have been heavily affected by piracy stemming from Russian file-sharing sites.

Praise Grigoryev and the rest of the Russian Government for their efforts towards combating online piracy and promoting legal file-sharing by signing this petition letter.


Dear Vladimir Grigoryev,

You and your government should be praised for your efforts towards combating online piracy and promoting legal file-sharing within Russia. While I understand online piracy is not a problem that will be solved completely any time soon, your decision to focus on the infringing sites themselves as opposed to individual users will hopefully make online pirates think twice before sharing illegally-obtained material with others.

I also hope that your “Read Legally” campaign is met with much success and that, when the time is right, you expand your legal file-sharing education campaign into other areas of online file-sharing such as music, games, and movies. By signing this petition letter, I am personally offering my support and my praise for all the good you’ve done towards combating online piracy and making sure users have ready access to legal means of obtaining online content.


[Your Name Here]

photo credit: Osipov Georgy Nokka via Wikimedia Commons

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