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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  1. identicon
    Cleverboy, 7 Oct 2006 @ 8:33am

    Re: Re: Sad

    "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."

    As long as we're dealing with opinions, in my opinion, we're in a place now where many musicians who create music aren't always playing venues as bands, or moreover, aren't playing as bands under their own names, and often release a CD album under independant labels in hopes of generating revenue from their music. From great books like "The Music of Business" and great software like Garageband, Digital Performer, and Logic, and awesome services like Cd Baby and iTunes, people are getting more opportunities to release their music and make money from it. This notion that you can paint all musicians/bands with the same brush, smile politely and take money out of their mouths by saying it wasn't much of their income to begin with... continues to be a bogus argument.

    If I were to show you even one artist who feels like the buzz on their music seems to be growing but the music sales aren't allowing them to really make it anywhere... that's one artist too many.

    It's really a bogus argument no matter how little you feel "big artists" make from Cds vs performances.

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