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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    Dosquatch, 9 Oct 2006 @ 8:12am


    I think the above is another fallacy - both home users and pros use the exact same materials AND software you can get from the store. They don't get no "special batch" - because there ain't no "special batch".

    Repeat after me: "Professional CD inserts do not come from inkjet printers or copiers, they come from offset presses." For a single copy, the inkjet is faster & cheaper. For a thousand copies, the press wins. And again...

    Repeat after me: "Professionally produced CDs and DVDs are not burned, they are pressed."

    These processes aren't producing five or ten at a time, they are producing THOUSANDS per hour, and at a cost far, FAR less than you cite for some knock-off home pirate setup.

    Professionally pressed CDs, with insert, shrink-wrapped & delivered in quantity, are around 50 to 70 cents a piece, and the contracted manufacturer is still making a profit at that price.

    Do you really believe that Sony has some warehouse full of monkeys pressing record 10,000 times every time a band puts out a new album?

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