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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    Dosquatch, 9 Oct 2006 @ 9:06am

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    They "look" the same because they "are" the same - why do you think they are different?

    Because I know better. Because I've done this before. Because pressed CDs have been around longer than CD-R. Because of any hundred reasons that you seem to insist on not hearing other folks tell you. I'll be generous and assume it's because you're young and naive.

    And different process? The only thing that's different is them using a duplicator of higher capacity, printers that can print on more CDs at once, AND more people to do the same thing, [...]

    Oh... wow. it looks like you really do believe Sony has a warehouse with 10,000 CD burning monkeys. Sorry to burst that bubble for you.

    OK, here's the scoop on the real world. The 10,000 monkeys thing doesn't fly because labor is expensive. Automated machinery is expensive. BUT, and this is crucial, you only have to buy the machines once. Labor you have to pay. And pay. And pay. For a one-time fee of the salary for 10,000 monkeys for a year, they can buy a machine that will do the same hourly work, 24 hours a day, year after year after year, and only have to pay one guy to watch it just to be sure everything is running smoothly. Which do you think is the better investment?

    What, you think this one requires specialized machinery and machining processes? At the most they'd buy the machines for stuffing and closing the CD case, but what DO you think CD manufacturing is like? A motherboard factory?

    I shudder to think what your vision of a motherboard factory might be. Probably something along the line of 10,000 monkeys with hobby-kit breadboards building them out one by one. But, assuming you do know what a circuit board factory looks like, then yes, pretty much closer to that than some guy with a PC and a CD burner.

    Large scale manufacturing of just about anything - from clothing to automobiles to the humble twinkie - bears such little semblance to what it would look like at home as to be nearly unrecognizable. That includes CDs.


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