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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    Jo Mamma, 8 Oct 2006 @ 7:08pm

    Re: Re: Just buy used CDs

    I'm sure there are those that consider buying used CDs stealing... and perhaps they have a point. It is fairly similar to buying off of allofmp3 or any other non-RIAA website, because you're cutting them out of the deal.

    But the difference is that it's technically not illegal. And why is it not illegal???

    Because the major resellers would lose a lot of business... and I'm guessing they won't allow that crap to be passed into law.

    Good or bad, that's the way the system is, so as pawns, we might as well make the most out of it :-)

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