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 @ 5:13pm

    Re: Re: Sad

    [ so legally they are just a radio on demand and from that emision you can do a copy as always you have been able to do with radio.]

    Um, they are making the copies FOR you... in several formats... its all interactivy... and... its not even "free" to "tune in"... --they're not "streaming" or "broadcasting" anything, the legal language of the Russian law is just out of date (hey, I don't blame them, they're pretty busy holding the country together), so that its the closest definition even though its not what they're doing.

    I get it though... your fingers are in your ears and your hands over your eyes. Not sure how you got 4 arms but... ok. I understand... you're the person who gets the "fringe benefit" to pretend that a crime isn't being committed. Suddenly things get all "blurry" and hard to see through.

    The human mind has an unparalleled capacity to rationalize anything if its in their interests. --Personally? My only vested interest is that I know musicians personally, and while its feasible to put their songs online from their own stores or through iTunes, I'm pretty clear that sites like AoMp3 are just bandits... worse than the RIAA, but they're bribing music fans from the back of their truck with a country specific loophole, so its worse.

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