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Facebook Talks Copyright Issues With Russia

Oct. 1, 2012

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg handed Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev a T-shirt on Monday, as they met to discuss copyright protection.

"We need a balance between classic and new forms of copyright which only function on the internet, so that copyrighted content can be used freely enough," Medvedev was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.

"Content owners need to be able to determine the level of protection themselves," he said.

The T-shirt was printed with the address of Medvedev's Facebook page.

Zuckerberg said that another top priority of his Russia trip was to meet with local IT specialists in order to learn how to help Facebook expand into the region more effectively.

"There are excellent developers here for social networks, and there are fantastic programmers," he said. "One of the main reasons for my trip is that we're building a global platform."

Frequently seen in casual clothes with a hoodie, Zuckerburg wore a dark suit for his meeting with Medvedev, which he called "an honour."

Facebook reportedly has some 10 million users in Russia, compared to the 35-37 million estimated to be using the locally developed market leader VKontakte.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH