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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    A chicken passeth by, 6 Oct 2006 @ 9:25pm

    "You're talking homemade CD-Rs vs. professionally pressed and produced CDs, complete with extras such as the printed booklets which, again, cannot be compared to any homemade inkjet- or even laser-printed booklets. So there is quite a difference between the two."

    While I agree with you otherwise - on cost of producing the content in the first place...

    I think the above is another fallacy - both home users and pros use the exact same materials AND software you can get from the store. They don't get no "special batch" - because there ain't no "special batch". All it takes is a good graphic designer behind said computer to produce the extras, and it doesn't take much effort and know-how to loading and pressing the "copy" button on your duplicator.

    Corporatism is all about cutting costs - what makes you think they'd use the cutting edge if they can get better quality for lower cost of production?

    Oh, and making braces is FAR HARDER than burning a CD, because you aren't hammering a CD into the proper shape now, are you. All you are is running the likes of Nero over and over and over again.

    There's nothing hard about that... it's just tedious, repetetive work, that's all.

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