Recording Industry Still Trying To Shut Down Allofmp3.com
from the damn-them-for-selling-a-product-customers-want dept
Last week there was all sorts of concern from online music buyers, because the Russian download music store Allofmp3.com was offline for a few days. It came back, but it appears that the recording industry has stepped up efforts to get it shut down, claiming (once again) that it is does not pay the correct royalties, and even if it did, you shouldn't be able to download songs from it outside of Russia (others contend that downloading songs from the site is no different than going to Russia, buying legal music, and then traveling back to your country of origin -- though, that may be a stretch). They now say that prosecutions against the firm have begun. Of course, a year ago, they pushed the police to shut down the firm, and following an investigation, the police said no criminal charges would be filed. No matter what the legality of the situation is, in the Recording Industry's odd focus on how downloading is evil, they've apparently never stopped to recognize that Allofmp3.com completely disproves the basic point of their argument on copy protection. They've said for years, that without copy protection, no one would buy downloadable music, since it would all just be available for free. The fallacy, of course, is that most of that music is already available for free -- so the only thing copy protection is doing is limiting actual customers (that is, lowering the value of the music). What companies like Allofmp3.com and eMusic have shown is that there's a real market for unencumbered digital music at a reasonable price. While the industry likes to assume the worst of its customers, it's clear that many people are perfectly happy to pay a reasonable price for the music they want -- knowing that it doesn't limit them and lock them into a proprietary solution. So rather than learning from a perfect example of giving the customers what they want, and seeing that they're willing to pay for it, the industry spends all this time and effort working to shut it down.