Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

The End Of The Line For

from the investigation-begins... dept

The question of whether or not the Russian site is illegal has gone on for quite some time, but it looks like Moscow police have finally been called in to investigate. It seemed generally accepted that the site was legal in Russia. They had the right licenses in place to sell music online, and that allowed them to sell MP3s at incredibly cheap prices. What hasn't been as clear is whether or not the site is legal outside of Russia. However, if you consider the fact that you're buying the songs in Russia (the server is there) and then exporting them out to wherever you are (and there are no laws against exporting music tracks legally purchased), then it certainly seems legal. Also, if the recording industry actually does shut down it will show, once again, how the industry misunderstands the market they're facing. has shown that people are quite willing to pay for music online, when it comes at a decent price and in a format with no restrictions.

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    lemon obrien, 22 Feb 2005 @ 4:33pm

    t think no one cares

    except two of three russian dudes sitting in jail cause the roasted the system by trying make a business.

    it might be time for someone to fire the CEOs and change the directorships of the entertaiment companies which hinder capitalism. I'm an American, so i say shoot the commy bastards.

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