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, 6 Oct 2006 @ 6:26pm

    Sad

    You know... its interesting. Were it not for the fact that they're taking something that lawfully belongs to someone else and making money off of it, I could probably admire AllofMp3.com's service.

    As it stands however, if musicians (the vast number that don't subscribe to the myth that they should all make money from performances only) had the bulk of their online fans purchase through AllOfMp3.com, they'd be fucking broke.

    I could care less about the cock-fight between the recording industry and pirate sites like AllOfMp3.com (of which the clones still march). Programmers and software publishers have been fighting this war far longer, and their methods have recently begun getting even more draconian with major vendors like Microsoft and Adobe signing on to "activation" schemes to stem the flow of pirated versions of their software. So, no... I don't think piracy or warez sales somehow force digital content publishers to "get it". When are they supposed to take the ball and go home?

    Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the openness of "trying" something, before deciding to buy it... but to think that creators have a right not to have their representatives ridiculed and defied for doing their jobs. If I'm a musician, and I choose to get promoted by giving my song away to certain people... that's my choice. If people start setting up "pirate" houses, like the outfits in Russia and China... only "virtual", and start re-distributing my work without compensation... I've a right to be upset... as much as those that represent and manage my music.

    Music is one of the most powerful and moving expressions of humanity on the face of the Earth. It'd be nice to think we existed in some wonderful wilderness of oral tradition where we share songs freely and no one cares about compensation and everyone had a "real" job... but it ain't so. As an illustrator, I'm happy about all the family and friends who have original artwork of mine. If they went around running off copies for hundreds of thousands of people... it kind of changes things.

    If a company like AllOfMp3.com started offering downloads for books and videos and saying they were paying 2 cents a piece to some Russian organization that could give two shits... I'm sure it'd be as popular as sin, but it still... still... still... doesn't make them right.

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