Culture

by Mike Masnick




Allofmp3 Pissed Off At Credit Card Companies; Plans To Fight Back

from the no-surprise-there dept

Yesterday, we mentioned that Visa had dumped Allofmp3, saying it would no longer process credit cards for the site. Today, Mastercard followed suit. This has Allofmp3 a bit angry, saying that they will do whatever possible to get credit card processing turned back on. They point out, once again, that they have never been convicted of any illegal activity, and previous investigations have shown them to be legal. Of course, just because you're legal, doesn't mean that a credit card company has to process your transactions.

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    Spiffman, 20 Oct 2006 @ 9:57am

    Past Statue of Limitations

    I'll admit it. Years ago, I did use Napster and Kazaa (RIP). But remarkably, what made me stop was AllofMP3.

    What is it that drew me away from the free download? I can assure you that it wasn't the threat of legal action. That's just ludicrous. I've never believed that was going to have an impact. That's just thinning the herd and removing the weak and lame.

    It was access to a world of reasonably priced, non-drm music. That's all I've ever wanted.

    From an "end-user's" perspective, RIAA/mediacorps (I might as well use one name for them) have been trying to limit my options to simply maintain their control of their market share. And in addition, limiting the artist’s options in getting their music heard. "If Jimmy John doesn't go through us, he doesn't get on the radio and can't sell his music anywhere. "

    In reality, the "stealing the car" analogy doesn't hold water. First, as someone mentioned earlier, we are paying for product (I will get to the argument of money not getting to the artist in a minute). So, if we agree that we are paying, we are simply looking for a lower priced product (you know…free market competition).

    Let's look at a Lamborghini Murcielago. The high price range is ballparked around $200,000. If I bought that from AllofMP3 (a guy can dream can't he?) I would pay around $40,000. While most couldn't afford the insurance, anyone would choose that pricing over "retail".

    So, what about the argument, money doesn't reach the artist? Why is it that AllofMP3 is located in Russia? The government supplements customer cost so that the art can reach the masses.

    Art is what drives culture. Culture makes life interesting and worthwhile. Without it, emotions would cease to exist and history would be uninteresting.

    In my opinion, it's the mediacorps that are breaking the law. They are limiting cultural growth and stifling human emotion. That should be a crime in and of itself. To care so much about making money off of someone's true soulful expressions is just wrong on so many levels.

    If you ask a true artist what they would do instead of write music or paint or act or sculpt, they couldn't answer. It's all consuming. That's art.

    And that's why I say DOWN with the RIAA. DOWN with Sony. Art should be delivered daily to everyone in the world at no cost because it helps the people grow.

    (steps off soapbox)

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