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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    Rog, 8 Oct 2006 @ 8:31pm

    Thank God!

    in this day and age, I'm thrilled that allofmp3.com even exists. Why? Because we're being pimped out by profit-drunk commercial interests, that's why, and it's nice to see someone strike a blow against the deceit, greed, and short-sightedness of the U.S. entertainment industry. This is 2006, when the American president starts wars because oil companies want him to, the American public watches juvenile television sludge because advertisers pay them to, and social needs are debased and commoditized to funnel public revenues to private pockets. Everything we value has been sold or is being sold to someone for a quick profit, so it's great to see indie musicians, pirate labels, and P2P sharing, not to mention allofmp3, prosper and thrive. Intellectual property isn't sacred -- it needs to be bought and sold in open markets just like any other commodity. Yes, individual innovators need protection, but in the music industry innovators are called "musicians". IP laws have done very little for them and a great deal for the economic interests of those they feed. I would gladly pay a reasonable fee for music whose creator would benefit (I belong to EMusic for that reason), but I'm thrilled to circumvent parasitic corporations that add nothing more than their logo to the value of the product they sell.

    Thanks --

    Roger

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