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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  1. identicon
    Cleverboy, 9 Oct 2006 @ 8:42am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Sad

    "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."
    --And you're not alone. Koff, koff... [looters]. I mean, nevermind the fact that the people who mix and master CDs, often as analogous as "editors" are in film, or at times even "directors" need to make a living. I have good friends in that line of business, and sometimes I marvel at their talent when I watch them work. I was listening on the radio the other day about Jazz musicians that have $200 pensions, and depend on unions and new tax laws to help them live out their declining years, given that playing the local bars never quite paid the rent... but they sure sounded nice.

    Should painters/illustrators get paid for every print of their masterpiece? Should inventors of such wonders as velcro or duct tape amass fortunes on their past labors? Should writers continue to live off of sales from the books they've written? When Prince liberated his music and changed his name, was it all a moot point considering? The answer to this and many other questions can be yours if... you only have a clue.

    Come on... is that really an argument?

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