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AllofMP3 owner to be locked up

AllofMP3 owner to be locked up

"Oh my god, they locked up Denis!...You B$#!!@s!" - AllofMP3's founder will be spending some time in the clink.

Russian music site AllofMP3.com has taken another blow, even after closing its doors, as the former owner now faces jail time after being charged with violating intellectual property laws in a Moscow court.

Denis Kvasov faces three years in jail and a fine of £250,000 in damages to record labels Universal, EMI, and Warner.

Alltunes.com, the current incarnation of AllofMP3, had been facing it's own legal battles Visa and Mastercard blocked payments to the site until recently when the court ruled in the favor of Alltunes.

Even though AllofMP3 was operating in a gray area of the law, do you think Kvasov deserves the fine and jail time? Discuss it down below in the comments section or over in the forums.

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specofdust 27th July 2007, 15:29 Quote
Mmm...big US business organisations overriding national Russian law. Perhaps we need to draft them in to get Lugovei extradited, since clearly the law is no obstacle to the MPAA/RIAA?
Delphium 27th July 2007, 15:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by specofdust
Mmm...big US business organisations overriding national Russian law. Perhaps we need to draft them in to get Lugovei extradited, since clearly the law is no obstacle to the MPAA/RIAA?


ROFLLLLLLLLLL
So true!!!
:D
Firehed 27th July 2007, 16:15 Quote
Ouch. It's a load of nonsense as far as I'm concerned, but it still sucks to be that guy.
DXR_13KE 27th July 2007, 17:00 Quote
this is kind of scaring me....... the US are way out of their jurisdiction.
perplekks45 27th July 2007, 17:20 Quote
So they bought some judges in Russia? Nothing new about that.
And they put their law above the other country's law? Nothing new about that too.
But it still makes me shiver.
phonon45 27th July 2007, 17:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
this is kind of scaring me....... the US are way out of their jurisdiction.

While I understand your sentiment, please do not confuse the US (i.e. its population) with multinational corporations. I think that you will find that most of the US population would agree with you on this issue if given enough of the facts. (I am not sure that I have all of the facts in this particular case. What little I know about this comes from Bit-Tech) I will admit that there is a problem in this country with corporate lawlessness. (Well that is not entirely true since they influence how laws are passed here so it is probably legal.)

And just for the record, Universal Music's headquarters are in the US but the company is owned by Vivendi which is a French company, EMI is a British company, and Warner Music is a US company.

I guess my point is that we should be working together to stop major corporations from abusing the legislature and judiciary in every country and not blaming each other. Our interests and goals really are the same.

Tyinsar 27th July 2007, 19:16 Quote
/\ great post phonon45 ;)

I too think the world has to figure out a better way to deal with these huge multinational corporations and not let them try to write laws for us. Sadly I think some of them have more money than some of the governments they are coercing.
Constructacon 28th July 2007, 18:46 Quote
Wasn't there a point in one of the previous articles about AllofMP3 willing to working within Russian law regarding royalties (and no one has put up their hands yet)? If this is true then surely jail time is a bit extreme.
specofdust 28th July 2007, 19:26 Quote
Constructacon; AoMP3 worked perfectly legally under russian law. They paid their fees to ROMS, the russian record association. They did nothing illegal. Legality wasn't the issue here though, what the RIAA wanted was the issue. Clearly the national laws that have been chosen by, and bind 145,000,000 people aren't worth respecting if you don't like them.
mardukph 30th July 2007, 09:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
this is kind of scaring me....... the US are way out of their jurisdiction.

Agree... /shiver

Phonon and spec are right, It's not about AoMP3 being illegal, in Russia at least.
To put it in a simplistic view: "We are a megacorporation, we control your country's laws."
kenco_uk 30th July 2007, 09:56 Quote
The RIAA/MPAA are practising uncompetitive business. They should be sued. :)
RobR 31st July 2007, 09:48 Quote
I wouldn't be surprised if nothing comes of this in the end - at all. There will always be alternatives, even if AllTunes closes down too: there is a huge list of sites similar to AllOfMP3 at <a href="http://www.songboom.com">songboom.com</a>. Although it was sad to see AllOfMP3 go, it's certainly not the end of cheap music!
velichk 6th August 2007, 15:43 Quote
mp3sparks is analog of allofmp3, it has the same owner.
if for you allofmp3 is great than you can use it! But i know more russian mp3 stores than cheaper allofmp3 - check my hub http://hubpages.com/hub/russianmp3site...
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