Russia Shuts Down Allofmp3, International Trade Can Now Resume

from the they're-working-for-you dept

The music industry has felt threatened by Allofmp3.com for quite some time. After all, a site delivering DRM-free music at a low cost is record labels' worst nightmare. The RIAA's always-intense lobbying efforts paid off when it got the US government to threaten Russia that unless it shut down the site, it wouldn't be admitted to the World Trade Organization. They've now gotten what they paid for their wish, as Allofmp3.com has now been shut down, after pressure from the Russian government. But in a move to highlight the utter pointlessness of all of this, the company behind Allofmp3 -- which has shown little concern for the flap over the WTO -- has already set up another site, Mp3sparks.com, which appears nearly identical to Allofmp3. The company says it's setting aside 15 percent of its revenues to pay royalties to record labels, and is considering paying another 5 percent on top of that, even though it's not legally required to do so. Of course, that's not likely to matter to the labels, which sued Allofmp3, even though it had apparently been trying to pay royalties to them, in accordance with Russian law. The typically misguided approach of the music industry here is obvious, though it's more than a little annoying to see the recording industry (yet again) get the government to do its bidding -- particularly when the US government ignores the WTO on other matters, when it's convenient.

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    Comicfan, 3 Jul 2007 @ 10:10am

    Re: Re: Re:

    AOC said: "I know it's popular to piss on the USA now and
    that's ok. If your insecure and bruised egos
    gets a lift from that, carry on. I'm sure it
    can weather any storms of self righteous indignation."

    I think you miss the point as do many. The reason people get pissed is because every day some boneheaded thing that is ridiculous is happening in the U.S. Many of us see what's coming, for every little event, more seem to pop up. I think it's more, can we stop it now before this kind of crap gets worse. I liken it to cancer, it spreads eating away and you can say, well, I still have some good parts of my body, etc...but eventually if it's not stopped will be your demise.

    We have a country that can take a group of 100 people who say don't like mustard, suddenly mustard is banned. I find it very funny when they say the people voted. I never ONCE get anything asking me to vote on a damn new law or ban, NEVER.

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    Now, the last line of the people by the people for the people. You tell me we are ANYWHERE near this now. It should be rewritten...

    Of the government, by big business, for wealthy minorities.

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