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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    myself, 9 Oct 2006 @ 10:46am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Sad

    "You want quotes from Russian legislators and also calling it a loophole? I'm too lazy, but you should be able to find them yourself. Don't say things in hopes of them being true. Know that they are. Just make an honest argument. That's all I ask."

    So you are telling me that you can find a politician that when presured for a powerfull foreing country and the lobby behind it would say

    I´m sorry is not what we intended with that law!

    And a company that is getting a huge publicity out of it going along with it.

    for me if you can´t close it in an ademdum or with a decree is not a loophole.

    you don't need to rewrite a hole article of a law to close a loophole.

    Although we can just be discussing the definition of loophole.

    For me a loophole is if the law did not say a thing about it so you can move in an alegal area.

    If the law say you can or must do something and it have unexpected consecuences could be a bad law (or a very good depend of the consecuence) but not a loophole.

    If the problem is a loophole is easy to close in the second case you need to rewrite a law and could be a lot more difficult. Rewriting laws always is.

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