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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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Oct 2006 @ 1:27pm

    You all can argue about how much it costs and all that fun jazz. Here's the facts-
    Allofmp3 works perfect, sounds great, good price (even though that price has tripled since all this publicity- songs used to be 1cent/MB, now its 3cents/MB.)
    No one reads the booklets in cd covers- what could they possibly say that would be of any interest to anyone. No one even keeps the CD case for that matter.
    Artists DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN UP WITH RECORDING COMPANIES. If your music is any good it doesnt take much to get it heard. Radio stations LOVE finding good music, makes them look good and gives you a reason to listen to them.
    Sell the song on your website which costs a couple dollars a day to run if you bring any traffic at all.
    Dont complain to the RIAA about them being an old business model, complain to the artists for using that old business model.

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