Russia to shut down AllofMP3.com

“Russia has agreed to US demands to close the popular music website Allofmp3.com,” Jeroen Doorn reports for Macworld UK. “The US wants the site closed to fight music piracy. Russia has agreed to close the site in an attempt at improving its chance of gaining membership of the World Trade Organization (WTO).”

Doorn reports, “Russia will close down other websites that infringe copyrights, according to a PDF document on the website of the US Trade Representative.”

Full article, with link to the PDF document, here.

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30 Comments

  1. On hearing the news I immediately went to the site and started exhausting my account. And for what it’s worth there is no DRM, you can choose the type of encoding you want and the bitrate.

    Oh well, it was good while it lasted. And a special message to the record companies; it’s back to the torrents sites for me. An inconvenience yes, but it’s a Pyrrhic victory for the record companies.

  2. there are thousands of people who work in the music industry and all make their living (directly or indirectly) from the royalties. for every overpaid pop star or “big record exec” there are literally a thousand people who produce or aid the production of the product. (not to mention that most “stars” are immensely talented and most worked hard for years (or decades) to achieve their fame)

    Boo! Hang you heads in shame boys, stealing other peoples work is wrong no matter how you slice it.

    P.S. If you are going to steal music (without paying royalties) at least do it over P2P so you don’t make scum sucking pirates like AllofMP3 rich in the process.

  3. there are thousands of people who work in the music industry and all make their living (directly or indirectly) from the royalties. for every overpaid pop star or “big record exec” there are literally a thousand people who produce or aid the production of the product. (not to mention that most “stars” are immensely talented and most worked hard for years (or decades) to achieve their fame)

    Boo! Hang you heads in shame boys, stealing other peoples work is wrong no matter how you slice it.

    P.S. If you are going to steal music (without paying royalties) at least do it over P2P so you don’t make scum sucking pirates like AllofMP3 rich in the process.

  4. there are thousands of people who work in the music industry and all make their living (directly or indirectly) from the royalties. for every overpaid pop star or “big record exec” there are literally a thousand people who produce or aid the production of the product. (not to mention that most “stars” are immensely talented and most worked hard for years (or decades) to achieve their fame)

    Boo! Hang you heads in shame boys, stealing other peoples work is wrong no matter how you slice it.

    P.S. If you are going to steal music (without paying royalties) at least do it over P2P so you don’t make scum sucking pirates like AllofMP3 rich in the process.

  5. OMG don’t even know where to start with this one.

    “for every overpaid pop star or “big record exec” there are literally a thousand people who produce or aid the production of the product.”

    And the key point here is, in the digital age, there doesn’t need to be a thousand people. Maybe a dozen or so. And the people with the real know-how involved producing a recording are grossly underpaid because of the big pop star and the greedy exec hoarding the profits. This keeps prices at their current ridiculous levels as well.

    “most “stars” are immensely talented and most worked hard for years (or decades) to achieve their fame.”

    Seriously, are you trying to make me piss myself. Few “stars” are immensely talented. “Stars” are well promoted, which necessitates the “thousand people” to make a recording successful. Some “stars” struggle for decades to earn their place at the top, but most just luck out, meet the right people, kiss the right ass and are willing to trade enough of their self respect to sell out and become “stars”. Meanwhile other, more talented musicians and songwriters are left to struggle.

  6. re: RS & borg gush:

    I’m not too ashamed. I used to be in the record biz and I got out of it because it was so crooked. I know their crookedness is no excuse, but c’mon. It costs less than a quarter to manufacture a CD. Record labels are making a KILLING, and the artists hardly sees any of that cash. So screw it.

    AllOfMP3 is legal in Russia, so I haven’t broken any laws. At least not until a precedent has been set in a US lawsuit, and so far, that hasn’t happened.

    RECORD LABELS R.I.P.

    Good riddance.

  7. Talented or not, they made the music and made the investment to bring it to the public, and you didn’t. They are entitled to whatever they want to charge to sell the music.

    By the logic of the music stealers, I should be able to walk into a Volvo dealership and give them $15,000 for the finest automobile in the place, because that’s what I think they have in it.

    If you don’t want to pay for the music, then you shouldn’t have it. I think the “musicians” are a bunch of no-talent hacks, but that doesn’t entitle me to steal what they made at someone’s expense.

    This “stealing music” phenomenon really encapsulates what is wrong with my generation (20-30’s). Everyone is looking for a way to tear someone else down (i.e. “they’re not talented, they just got lucky”). Those who steal the music and gripe about the no-talent stars would probably give their left leg to trade places.

    What if your boss came in tomorrow and said “You didn’t earn this job, you just got lucky because you were in the right place at the right time. I’m not giving you your paycheck this week.”? That’s what you are saying when you steal music.

    And by the way, the music stealing phenomenon is the reason the record companies apply the incredible amount of DRM in the first place. It’s kind of like a burglar griping about the alarm system…

  8. Kerry,

    Nicely said.

    Also, I often hear the music stealers call the recording industry folks greedy bastards. Greedy? Any reasonable person should also recognize that illegally or unethically taking all that you can of something is greedy!

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