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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    FreeHear, 9 Oct 2006 @ 11:16am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Sad

    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.
    You're right. As of September 1st, the loop hole was closed with a new amendment to Russian law. Now its just illegal to distribute works without concluded agreements from the holders if such holders have indicated... so "loophole or no" is a moot point.

    Checkout point #5 on their site (with translations from Bull-ese):
    On September 1, 2006 the changes to the Russian copyright legislation will come into force. [translation: the jig is up] Since January 2006 the site has been making direct agreements with rightholders and authors [translation: who are in Russia] at the same time increasing the price of the music compositions and transferring the royalties directly to the artists and record companies[translation: which are in Russia]. The aim of is to agree with all rightholders on the prices and royalties amounts by September 1, 2006 [translation: here we are admittedly lying because this would be impossible given the requests that we take U.S. and U.K. content off our website, publically evident by their futile attempts to navigate our Russian judicial system without previously having enough explicit rights granted under Russian law. now we're screwed, but will continue to keep up appearances while we continue bribes and tap dancing].

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