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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    nuntukamen, 7 Oct 2006 @ 6:10am

    allofmp3 rocks on

    The recording industry is just like the auto industry; does anyone really think it costs nearly $30,000 to build a car or truck? $17 for a CD? Foreign markets are costing these industries plenty by exposing where the billions for packages that executives gleefully and greedily pay themselves while laying off line workers comes from--our pockets that already are taxed by politicians the same way. We need to wake up and smell the coffee. Go, you Ruskies.

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