Record Labels Finally Sue Allofmp3.com
from the took-'em-long-enough dept
The only surprise here is that it’s taken this long. However, after tremendous efforts to influence politicians to force Allofmp3.com to shut down, it appears that a bunch of record labels have finally filed a lawsuit against the company. The timing on this is a bit odd, as the record labels had succeeded in pressuring Russia into going after the site and pressuring credit card companies to stop accepting charges from the site. However, the RIAA still hasn’t learned that every time they try to shut these types of offerings down, it just makes them stronger — and Allofmp3 has continued to fight back and find alternatives.
It will be interesting to see how this lawsuit turns out — as it was filed in New York, and Allofmp3 is a Russian company, meaning the laws in the US are pretty much meaningless to it. As the company has always stated, it is trying to comply with Russian laws (even if those laws keep changing), and that it has tried to pay royalties for the songs it sells, but the industry refuses to take their money. While there’s a good chance that Allofmp3 will simply ignore the lawsuit, their argument would have to be that they believe they’re in compliance with Russian laws — and if an American buys a song from their site and downloads it, it’s no different than if that same person came to Russia, bought something there legally, and brought it back with them to the US. That is, they did nothing wrong in buying the song, and if it was illegal to import it back into the US, that’s between the individual and the US. Of course, the RIAA probably doesn’t care what Allofmp3’s defense is. They just want to cause trouble for the company by burdening it with lawsuits — the same thing they’ve done to Napster, Grokster, Kazaa and others. However, while they may be able to burden each of those companies one by one, apparently the folks at the RIAA still haven’t quite realized that every time they shut one of these down, something else pops up instead. In other words, it’s a huge waste for them to keep doing this when there are plenty of opportunities for them to embrace providing music in a format and at a price people want.