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US trade negotiators had emphatically stated that Russia must get much tougher with intellectual property protection before it would back entry into the World Allofmp3_11Trade Organization.  Specifically mentioned was notorious Russian download site

But this weekend as Presidents Bush and Putin announced that the US was officially backing Russia's Now23bid, and search of related news stories and documents made no mention of an shutdown. In fact promises of real intellectual property protection seemed vague at best.

UPDATE: As of this writing at 4PM EST today (Monday) still had thousands of hit track available at cut-rate prices like this week's Billboard chart topper "Now That's What I Call Music 23" for $3.23.