Tuesday, February 22, 2005

allofmp3.com is legal...no illegal...no, wait, legal....oh crap, let's make it illegal

So, allofmp3.com, a Russian music download site, claims they're legit and are paying royalties to what they say is the Russian authority that collects royalty payments for musicians.

Well, looks like Russian IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) thought otherwise and asked the Moscow City Police Computer Crimes Division to investigate allofmp3.com. The police concluded their investigation earlier this month and are recommending the prosecutors charge allofmp3.com for criminal copyright infringement.

Let's see what happens next. Will the operators pack their bags and skip town, will they just shut it down and play quiet or will they fight it.

It's also interesting to see what the copyright stormtroopers in other countries will want to do with the customer list. I'm 100% sure the Russian IFPI will politely ask the Moscow City Police to confiscate the customer list and forget it at IFPI's mailbox.


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