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
    A chicken passeth by, 6 Oct 2006 @ 7:38pm

    "Songs on CDs cost an arm and a leg to produce and distibute...stores...artwork...physical CD...and they charge about the same price...Its total foolishness."

    This is about the biggest fallacy in the anti-piracy argument. EVER.

    The only hard part is the production of the content, which results in data. This includes the protection mechanism. Once this data becomes prepped for your media - IT CAN BE INFINTELY COPIED by the cheapest means ever, and no extra effort is required from the makers of the content itself.

    The above is the reason why the middlemen like the RIAA give the REAL author pennies in exchange - after all, they are the ones duplicating the content in lieu.

    Hardware?
    A CD-Burner, standard, costs only $25 ea.
    DVD Burners, $85 ea. Dual layer model, with Lightscribe.
    (most people just buy a 5X duplicator or similar - $200)
    You only really need 1 computer to do it all, and you don't need a good one - $500.
    CDs are pennies apiece ($36 for a stack of 100).
    DVDs are slightly more expensive ($36 for a stack of 50).

    DO YOUR MATH.
    Each CD sells for $15, cheapest price.
    Each DVD sells for $30, cheapest price.

    You'd be able to BREAK EVEN by the 2nd or 3rd media spindle or so, INCLUDING ARTIST ROYALTIES, and possible maintenance costs. That's about less than 300 discs total... now what are the sales of the media companies? They're in their tens of thousands.

    Stores don't factor into the cost - THE STORES BUY THIS STUFF TO STOCK SHELVES, and THEY PAY YOU, NOT YOU PAY THEM.

    I can have a full manufacturing suite in a month's salary, and I'm just someone on a starting pay.

    Once again, the only hard part is the content - DO NOT FALL FOR RIAA PARTY LINES. They are the same lines that justify them paying pennies to the content producers!

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