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 @ 2:49pm

    So many misguided people...

    Why are there so many people assuming that allofmp3 is not paying th eartists? why are so many people under the impression that ANYONE in Russia thinks what they are doing is wrong?

    Allofmp3 is perfectly legal in Russie. they are not operating through a loophole, they are operating under the principles that the copyright laws in russie require them to operate under.

    THEY ACTUALLY PAY THE ARTISTS, JUST LIKE THEY ARE REQUIRED TO UNDER THEIR LAWS.

    The reason the **AA doesn't like it is becasue the law does not require obtaining a license to resell copyrighted works. It specifically ALLOWS you to resell without being authroized. HOWEVER, for every copy resold, you are required to payback X% of the original purchase price to the copyright holders.

    Noone is stealing anything, and if the artists aren't getting paid, its because the copyright holder (**AA) is keeping all the money and not sending any of it to the artists.

    Once again, the true "thief" here is the RIAA and not the store doing the reselling.

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