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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    Cleverboy, 30 Nov 2006 @ 4:00am

    Re: Last time I looked...

    >> "... American laws did not apply to
    >> Russian companies."

    Koff... this is a remarkeably stupid comment. Do you know what the word "extradition" means? I'm curious. Hint: "Not everyone in the world is subject to diplomatic immunity". Go to Google news... and in quotes, type this: "extradition to the U.S."

    They don't pull these words out of asses. They actually are used out there in the big blue world. Also... I won't get mad, but Russian laws apply to Russian companies too. I clearly outlined those laws above, as quote by ROMs and AllofMp3. Don't be a dullard. Maybe you're intentionally being all "troll-like" and ignoring rationale discourse, but I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt.

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