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 @ 9:48pm

    Re: 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. "

    That's pretty loopy logic, don't you think? If you do your homework... you can understand a few things about how the recording industry sees it. According to them, your "license" is the physical CD itself. This longheld truth is what prompted the original Mp3.com's my.mp3.com service to assume that confirmation of the CD's possession (whether by software process or record of online purchase), should entitle users to virtual access to their music library anywhere in perpetuity. Unfortunately, it was a slight leap too far for a number of sketchy reasons. In the minds of the record companies, if you destroy the CD, your license is history. While they also tend to say that the license is non-transferable, that's bullshit as people have been reselling used media for a good long while, and that's never made any sense (meaning good luck in the courts, guys).

    So, is it anything like AllofMp3? No. If you still think it is, splash cold water in your face and stare in the mirror repeating "no" at least 10 times. Repeat as necessary. Equating the two things is basically an attempt to ascribe more legitimacy to that Russian warez site that it deserves. Just call it what it is and argue from there. Moving the pieces when no one is supposed to be looking still doesn't change the game.

    Re:Thank God! by Rog
    "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. "
    Ah... I see how it works. Musicians should ask you how much they should charge you, and after pulling together a general consensus, they should charge only that, or you'll "happily" steal from them... How sporting of you. (YIKES.) Sounds keen. Maybe that's the model of the future, PricelineEXTREME!. Dunno... sounds like the mafia though.

    Why do people insist on acting like over-priced music (in their view) is crack and they need their fix? Nancy had it right, kids. If price ain't right, just say "no"...! Are they already halcyon days, when consumer objection was voiced by a dirth of commercial interest in the product?

    Boy... when consumer replicators start selling and people start sharing pattern buffer data for physical matter reintegration online, the world will be screwed all over again.

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