Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has been quite vocal
lately about the fact that copyright is broken, and that the way to deal with it is not to get more draconian, but to open things up with more open licensing
. However, it appears that not everyone in his administration feels the same way. TorrentFreak has a story on yet another recently leaked State Department cable, showing that Russia's Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Stanislav Voskresenskiy,
told US diplomats
that YouTube and Google "do not conform to current Russian [copyright] laws" and therefore "should be shut down." It's unclear from the context if he meant this as an example of the absurdity of today's copyright law, or if he actually thought that shutting them down would do some good (he admits upfront that it's not "feasible" however). I'd like to believe he was just showing off the insanity of today's copyright laws, but if that's the case, it doesn't look like the US got the message...