Russia Makes Progress on Software Piracy, Gates Says

Microsoft Corp. chairman and co-founder Bill Gates said that Russia has made progress tackling software piracy, a problem that has threatened the country's bid to join the World Trade Organization. Knockoffs of the latest computer programs can be had from stalls and markets around Moscow for just a few dollars, and pirated films, music and software in Russia cost U.S. companies nearly $1.8 billion in 2005, according to the International Intellectual Property Association.

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