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, 8 Oct 2006 @ 4:39am

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

    That's because the U.S. government and some of its citizens seem to believe that U.S. laws apply worldwide.
    Or... they believe that U.S. laws apply to U.S. citizens. SHOCKER! Some Russian businesses apparently believe that they have no idea where their customers come from... hm. Been following the news about the rukus over Canadian pharmaceuticals coming into the U.S., circumventing FDA rules and setting state and Federal government and legislators at odds? Or maybe the news on Google getting sued all over the world under different legal systems concerning trademarks and such? Or the scramble to even gain access to the Chinese population by Internet heavy weights? Or maybe how Apple was possibly pulling out of France with its ITS due to new laws? Local laws do actually matter y'know, whether shipping by FedEx, conducting the commerce, or just transmitting digital content. Remember how Microsoft and Netscape used to have those caveats for downloading the added 128 encryption if they could not verify where you were downloading from? Sorry for the wake up call, but this isn't new, and it isn't about dumping on the U.S. all the time, ya commie bastid.

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