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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    drjones, 6 Oct 2006 @ 8:13pm

    Re: Sad

    "As it stands however, if musicians (the vast number that don't subscribe to the myth that they should all make money from performances only) had the bulk of their online fans purchase through AllOfMp3.com, they'd be fucking broke."

    Actually.... most bands do make their money from performances... you think they get money from CD sales? Most bands get more pennies every time a cd is sold.

    Bands basically become indentured servants for the record companies and spend years paying back their studio advance and recording/production costs (no the studio doesnt foot the bill). If they are lucky, they are hugely successful and can negotiate better deals.. The vast majority arent, and end up far worse off finacially than they were before they started.

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