Alexander Sokolov & Pizzicato's Remy Franck (l.)
(c) Natalia Inshakova

Alexander Sokolov, Rector of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and member of the All-Russian Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), has declared the merger of three copyright societies ‘illegitimate’. This merger was decided at an extraordinary joint conference of the Russian Authors’ Society (RAO), the Russian Union of right holders (CPR) and WIPO. According to Sokolov’s statement in the newspaper Izvestia, the organizers refused to let him and several other WIPO boards members into the hall where the conference was held. Sokolov said, the merger of three independent societies widely opens the way to fraud and corruption.

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