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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    Wizard Prang, 9 Oct 2006 @ 4:45am

    If allofmp3 is breaking the law...

    ...how come they haven't been shut down? It's not as if the RIAA haven't tried.

    So I am forced to the conclusion that AoMP3 is not illegal. What impresses me about AoMP3 is not the price so much as the convenience. You can purchase your music in a high-quality DRM-free format. I might pay the RIAA for such music... but they are not interested.

    If AoMP3 are "bandits", what does that make the RIAA? Mafiosi.

    The RIAA have done a wonderful job of alienating an entire generation of would-be customers. The sooner they stop treating their customers like criminals, fire their lawyers, give themselves a pay cut and start paying the musicians, the sooner they will start winning back the hearts and minds of the people who will keep them in business.

    Like that's going to happen.

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