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In Vietnam, US relies on pirate site to network

October 30, 2012 • Entertainment


In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, Vietnamese singer Le Quyen makes up on backstage at her family owned music cafe, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Le Quyen is suing Zing.vn and eight other infringing websites, claiming the site has ignored requests from her to take down songs from her albums. Zing.vn, one of globe’s top 550 most visited websites, is a wildly popular website laden with unlicensed songs and Hollywood movies, a prime exhibit of the digital piracy that is strangling the music industry in Asia and eroding legitimate online sales around the world. (AP Photo/Na Son Nguyen).

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — It’s a wildly popular website laden with unlicensed songs and Hollywood movies, a prime exhibit of the digital piracy that is strangling the music industry in Asia and eroding legitimate online sales around the world.

The free-to-download bonanza has pushed Vietnam’s Zing.vn into the ranks of the globe’s top 550 websites. But a few clicks inside the site reveal a surprising presence: the U.S. government, which maintains a bustling social media account there.

Washington is a vocal proponent of intellectual property rights in Vietnam as it is around the world, and a site like Zing would be shut down in the United States. But with space for public diplomacy limited in Communist Vietnam, the American embassy uses its “Login to read more

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