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 Allofmp3.com 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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    David, 9 Oct 2006 @ 8:22am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Sad

    What bothers me is that people think that just because they have a hit song, they should be set for life. As in, musicians don't have to work like the rest of us do. You aren't entitled to a "movie-star" life. I'd go so far as to say that most "big" musicians don't deserve anything like the life they're living.
    The problem is that it's completely free to copy things. You do the work once, and you can make however many copies of it for a negligible incremental cost. So people see very little value in it. And even then, artists as a whole have been selling MORE cd's lately (check the books... it's just that the market hasn't been growing like they're wanting it to, not that they're actually losing marketshare).
    I pay for concerts. I have no problem, and rather enjoy, supporting bands I like. But their recordings aren't anything they work for. It should be like an advertisement. Most smaller bands are finding that free mp3's really expand the number of CD's they sell, and the number of people that listen to them. It's only the big names that it hurts, and most of those people haven't done work in years, so I find it hard to feel sympathy.

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