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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    Big Mike, 10 Oct 2006 @ 11:40am

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

    Does anyone really think that can be shut down for more than a few hours or days? Can you say "Pirate Bay"?

    If the Russkies shut them down they will probably pop up again like a whack-a-mole in some other country. They only need to worry about setting up their distribution servers in a "digital friendly" country, The task of collecting, ripping and preparing the content could be done anywhere or everywhere. They'll also need to find some ways for people to make payments, but considering how well money talks in this world that won't be a problem either.

    I wouldn't be surprised to hear that they have hot standbys ready to go in some far flung corner(s) of the world. Perhaps that's why the Russians are so hesitant to shut them down; they know that it won't be permanent but instead will just lose some jobs for the locals.

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