As the entertainment industry and US politicians have continued to push Russia on shutting down Allofmp3.com, the company finally decided to go a bit on the offensive, holding a press release to defend its business as being legal in Russia -- which is exactly what they've been saying for years. However, the interesting thing here is that basically Allofmp3 is passing the buck. They claim that they have a legitimate license from ROMS, the Russian Multimedia and Internet Society, and that they are paying royalties to ROMS. In other words, they're basically suggesting that if the entertainment industry has a problem, they need to take it up with ROMS. They also claimed that the recording industry is refusing to take the money that ROMS is trying to give them for the payments. The Infoworld article oddly tries to suggest that musicians probably don't want money from Allofmp3, since the money they charge is so low -- but that seems silly. If they can make some money, and do so by making their fans quite happy, why wouldn't they want the money? In all honestly, it looks like the focus here is incorrect. It's not an Allofmp3.com issue at all. They have been complying with Russian laws. If the issue is with the license they have from ROMS, then the issue should be taken up with ROMS. Still, the even bigger issue is why the industry still refuses to recognize that Allofmp3 has built a service that fans love, that they're willing to pay money for and which doesn't require DRM. It seems like they should recognize this as an opportunity, not a threat -- but, as they say, this is one industry that never misses an opportunity to sue an opportunity out of existence.
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