Say That Again

by Mike Masnick


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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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    Joe, 31 Aug 2007 @ 7:45am

    Re: Re: The Job of a Government

    Wow, way to take a lot of things out of context.

    As far as "the argument starting with a lie"...maybe I misunderstand allmp3s business model. The only way it wouldn't be "stealing" (as I said) would be if they were purchasing a copy of a CD, then reselling it only once to one party for whatever they wished to charge. Buying one copy of the CD, then selling copies of it to anyone else without compensation to the seller is stealing. And guess what, if the seller doesn't want them to do it, it is there right to stop it (I don't care how bad of a business model you think it is...if you don't like it, don't support them in any way.

    If you think your "give music away free" model is so great, why haven't you started up your own recording label? At the very least, stop supporting anything under the RIAA's control.

    On to another point, did I say anything about Russia violating any specific treaties with the US? You do realize the story is somewhat about the WTO though, right?

    I believe my comment about treaties was specifically aimed at why "private industry/companies can sway foreign policy" and then was generalizing about the reason many trade treaties and organizations come into existence (because of companies wanting to trade globally).

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