Bainwol, Glickman, House lawmakers call on Bush.
The three-day Group of 8 (G8) summit of industrialized nations opened today in Scotland. Among top agenda items like global warming, poverty in Africa and Iraq, members of Congress and entertainment industry leaders are hoping that President Bush brings up the subject of rampant intellectual property piracy in Russia.
In two separate letters sent to the White House last week, Mitch Bainwol, chairman/CEO of the Recording Industry Assn. of America and Dan Glickman, chairman/CEO of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, along with 28 House lawmakers, called on Bush to confront Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Russia is in the spotlight, poised to assume the chair of the G8. Other members include the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Japan and the European Union.