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
    A chicken passeth by, 7 Oct 2006 @ 7:51pm

    Re: Re:

    "That shows me right there that you have no idea what you are talking about. Professionally pressed CDs have no relationship to home CD-Rs, other than that they superficially "look" about the same. And I don't even know what you're talking about regarding a "special batch," because I never mentioned anything like that. It's not a "special batch" -- it's a completely different production process."

    They "look" the same because they "are" the same - why do you think they are different?

    Oh, because of that extra track which keeps the DRM in? No, that's done by the burning software. CDs and DVDs are the same all around. The only time where there can BE a material difference is when DVDs start coming with fancy RFID chips embedded inside.

    And different process? The only thing that's different is them using a duplicator of higher capacity, printers that can print on more CDs at once, AND more people to do the same thing, AND the manufacturers getting a higher discount because they purchase all their raw materials in bulk, straight from the factory.

    What, you think this one requires specialized machinery and machining processes? At the most they'd buy the machines for stuffing and closing the CD case, but what DO you think CD manufacturing is like? A motherboard factory?

    "That was intrinsic in the point I was making in the first place. The point being that the actual manufacturing of the plastic, or the burning of the CD, or whatever it may be, does not constitute the main cost of the product. You can't base your arguments solely on the costs of the raw materials and the production of the physical product, as you are doing, because that does not comprise the bulk of the cost of production of the ENTIRE PRODUCT, including the content (remember that word "content"?) that is on it."

    Yes, I did include the content, but my point was that the content is only PRODUCED ONCE - after that it can be copied as many times as possible, with no extra effort whatsoever required by the manufacturer.

    Unless you are telling me that people literally bundle the artists into the studio AGAIN just to make "This CD Copy # 2".

    While without content a CD can't exist - Aren't we placing too much emphasis on something that occurs only once in the product's entire lifespan?

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