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, 8 Oct 2006 @ 9:39am

    Re: What's the difference between

    "Your arguments regarding Copyright law -which is broken, and pharmaceuticals from Canada are the same..." - LJSeinfeld

    You're off target... my arguments were NOT about justifying cartels etc, they were examples of how its not simply the U.S. or its citizenry thinking that its laws should be enacted in other countries, so much as letting other countries know that our laws apply to our citizens and that those laws should be respected when dealing WITH our citizens, especially while such citizens are operating out of this country. Make sense?

    If a U.S. citizen chooses to repatriate and move into another country so that they can live outside of the laws of the land, they're free to do so. No country should except that their citizens are free to defy the law, as long as its on the Internet, and the server is not on American soil. Were that true, I'm sure the pedophiles would be ab-SOLUTE-ly euphoric. Not to mention those recently bummed out gambling website owners.

    "The recording industry, as well as a handful of others, are trying desperately -and in vain- to cement their positions as "middle-men" in the sale of something in a market/distribution system that no longer needs them." - LJSeinfeld

    Well, back to this argument... yeah, I'm all for pushing a marketing and distribution system that "no longer needs" the recording industry middlemen. I am... but AllofMp3 doesn't represent that.

    They're not a "distribution" system... or you'd be hearing how they're making deals with independant labels... On their website, you'd see a page that says "Want to see your music on AllofMp3.com? Contact our business relationship department, etc, etc." You see independant artists giving each other high fives and saying "FUCK THE INDUSTRY, we have ALL of MP3! Awesome!!! Fuck yeah!"

    Reality: [INSERT SOUND OF CRICKETS]

    They're the back of a truck, selling stolen goods. They're the virtualized version of the crooks that the recording industry combats by "dumping" product onto the streets at fire-sale prices in smaller markets they can't bother with. I mean... but, that all said... let's support legitimate on-DRM places like eMusic. Why celebrate a theif, just because they pay your patriarchal part lip-service for pennies? I mean... sure, it feels good, but don't you just feel a little dirty?


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