Allofmp3 Doesn't Really Care If Russia Joins The WTO Or Not

from the try,-try-again dept

The US (thanks mostly to RIAA lobbyists influencing politicians) has been putting pressure on Russia to shut down the infamous as a condition of being admitted to the WTO. However, there's still the same old problem that Russian authorities don't really see Allofmp3 as violating local laws. The company itself has finally put out a statement on the matter basically saying that Russia's position in the WTO is of no concern to them, and they're just going to keep selling music as they've always done. In fact, they've picked up on the idea that all this anger over their existence is helping them on the marketing side (just as every other attempt to shut down online services has done). An Allofmp3 spokesperson is quoted as saying: "[US Trade Representative] Susan Schwab markets us so effectively -- she could already be our press secretary." They then reiterated that they're in complete compliance with Russian law, and that the complaint is really anger over them being a better, cheaper competitor.

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  1. identicon
    Cleverboy, 9 Oct 2006 @ 7:46am

    Re: Show me!

    Wizard Prang
    "Show me the law that applies."
    You know as well as I do which laws apply. Whether the U.S. laws governing right of distribution (17 U.S.C. § 106.1) or reproduction (17 U.S.C. § 106.3), both of these laws depend on services like AllofMp3 having valid contracts with the copyright holders, which they do not (those are links, fyi). This application has been successfully (key word here) litigated in U.S. courts as it specifically concerns the download of music in the P2P service bloodbath of the last few years... whether or not one agrees with how it hampers the perfect legitmacy of P2P as a technology.

    Seems simple. Does that work for you or are you looking toward twisting or reformulating the question some? AllofMp3 is illegal here, its illegal in Russia. All I'm saying.

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