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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    Rob Gibson, 8 Oct 2006 @ 11:21am

    The bottom line...

    They tried to squash blank cassettes when I was a kid. They tried it with blank CDs. The did it to Napster and they'll find a way to do it to AllofMP3. AllofMP3 gives you the ability to pick your format and the ability to play the song anywhere you want. I'd gladly pay 99 cents to Napster or iTunes if they'd get rid of that ridiculous digital rights management. If I buy a CD I can play it, copy it, sell it back to the used CD store. Hell I can get a decent enough copy of my buddy's iTunes songs off of the analog out on my sound blaster card fed back in to the computer. Why spend all the time and money on DRM... it really doesn't work!! If the record industry wasn't so bloody out of whack on their pricing and restrictions people would not have to resort to this type of service.

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