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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    Spoon, 6 Oct 2006 @ 10:48pm

    From Russia with IP

    I can buy the entire Soulfly discography at a decent bitrate (192 KB/s? I hope it's just a database problem...)from allofmp3 for less than a single CD from WAL_MART or some vast media hut, but I ain't unless that money, or a significant amount of it, goes to Soulfly. That's really all I care about. I kinda envy all those Ayn-Rand-ian middlemen that can speak and muddle about the issue and the characters in it until the whole thing becomes a puddle of goo.

    Why do they call music 'content' anyway? It's too much more than that to be called that. And, obligatory contracts are evil. If you start to think of writing of music as content to be manufactured for a deadline or quota, then that's what it eventually becomes.

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