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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  1. identicon
    Cleverboy, 7 Oct 2006 @ 4:59pm

    Re: Re: Re: So many misguided people...

    [Hey, uh... they're not breaking any laws in the us. Neither is any buyer.]

    Wow. Someone better tell the U.S. trade representative that AllOfMp3 is "totally legal" in the U.S., 'cause apparently our government doesn't think so! And as for what AllofMp3.com says:

    [[ As for foreign buyers, "we announce on our website to every user that he or she should check the laws of the country in which he lives," Levitov said. ]]

    This is the equivalent of covering ones ears and saying "we know no-theeng...!" Please. I don't mind you having a different opinion, but at least get your facts straight and make an HONEST argument... not one you know full well is full of holes.

    I'm all for the future of music distribution and I'll cheer change on... but AllOfMp3 isn't putting money in the hands of any artists. They know this. They're just paying ROMS. Western musicians aren't seeing diddly squat. Don't argue its cheaper... it IS. Don't argue that makes it right simply because its cheaper. It AIN'T.

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