Say That Again

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
us, wto

Companies:
allofmp3, wto



US Says WTO Won't Let In Russia If Allofmp3 Comes Back To Life

from the something-seems-wrong-here... dept

With Allofmp3.com announcing that it plans to reopen the site now that (once again) the site has been found to be legal under Russian laws, it didn't take long for the RIAA... er... U.S. government to make its unhappiness clear. A spokesman for the U.S. Trade Representative has announced that if Allofmp3.com reopens, then Russia has kissed away its chance to join the WTO. This isn't all that surprising, given that the U.S. (at the urging of the RIAA) threatened Russia that it would keep the nation out of the WTO unless it shut down Allofmp3.com. Of course, it doesn't make much sense either. This is a private dispute between private entities. It doesn't seem reasonable for the US gov't to be getting involved. Secondly, as should now be quite clear, Allofmp3.com is operating legally under Russian laws. So it hasn't done anything wrong either. Just because some companies in the US don't like the fact that Allofmp3 has come up with a business model that customers actually like, it doesn't mean that the US gov't should ban Russia from the WTO. And, of course, this doesn't even begin to get into how ridiculous it is that the business model of a single small company should be the key factor in whether or not an entire country is allowed into the WTO. In the meantime, given how often the US has been ignoring the WTO over the Antigua online gambling case, perhaps the WTO should simply ignore the US on this one.

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  1. identicon
    BigEd, 30 Aug 2007 @ 12:22am

    BigEd for President...

    Maybe I should run for President. An independent with no care or need for any contributors. The RIAA and the MPAA would become has-beens. No company or organization would be allowed to interfere in US policy without the risk of becoming outlawed. And this includes sticking their noses into other countries laws. Copyrights would be gone and forced to be rewritten the correct way. And 'Yes' I smoked weed and inhaled it and it was sure good....Ringggggg.... Damn alarm going off, time to wake up from this perfect dream.....

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