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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    Cleverboy, 7 Oct 2006 @ 12:33pm

    Re: Why focus on Allofmp3.com?

    "They are operating within the confines of Russian law. If said russian law doesn't require x entity to pay the artists a share of the price, then change the law. Bitching and moaning about AllofMP3.com is like harrassing a person for going 60 in a 60 MPH zone."

    By all accounts, the law has been written, and its taking a while to be implemented (remember that story)... because this is clearly (to everyone) a "loophole", not a "perfectly valid application under the law", --a pretty bad "loophole"... which means everyone agrees this was NOT intended, and they're trying to close it. The U.S. and U.K. is already having trouble with legitimate advances in industrial production in countries like China... what, they should bend over for digital content through illegitimate sources too? Come on.

    --So... not quite like saying 60 in a 60 MPH zone, more like 120 mph in a 60 MPH with an exemption due to a loophole that says technically you're not driving a car (government hasn't classified your vehicle yet), so you can't be otherwise fined, sued, or charged. Meanwhile, everyone is putting their fingers in their ears waiting for you to crash and hoping you don't take anyone with you on your off-ramp to the pearly gates (or is that highway to hell?)

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