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 @ 11:54am

    Re: The bottom line...

    "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."
    Boot up Audacity, and choose the wave input from your soundcard. Press record. Stays digital. No fuss. The DRM is there to force you to do that extra step, not to stop you cold. Not even the RIAA is that stupid, though you'll learn most people think one thing and say something different, just for appearances.

    If you want to sit there all day lifting digital music off the air waves or the Internet radio streams, there's nothing to stop you... for personal use. It's about not letting everyone become aggregate distributors en masse (as what happened with Napster). It always has been. "Where did you get the latest X album? Why... I got it off the Internet for FREE!" Why pro-ponents and opponents insist on all the FUD is truly beyond me.

    So... yes, if you want your iTunes library in a different format, you're going to have to do some work. Just like if you wanted all your LPs in a different format... or that smooth cassette remix your pal gave you back in the day... or that 8-track soundtrack for Star Wars you used for your 7th grade humanities project... or that Limited Edition Coca-cola "I'd like to Teach the World to Sing" record your dad gave you when you were 10.

    Hm. I think that line said "TMI" back there... we've PASSED and are passing the line where "quality" will make a difference. The format wars are about to come to an abrupt end, and so... in fact... will the long tradition of reselling people content on different physical formats. The industry is moving to technologically enforced "standards" using DRM. Big deal.

    Its all the piracy that's driving them to make copying harder and harder to do. People are creating the problem while thinking they're "resisting" it. Back in the day, they couldn't tell people were doing it. Now that they have that technology, its making them crap their pants like an adulterer's spouse running "FamilySpy 3.5". Enough to drive ya to do some down right unsavory things. Just stop sleeping around on them for christsakes... they'll snap out of it. I promise.

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