Right before Christmas, the boys over in Russia got the laugh of their lives. Apparently, the RIAA's many companies entered into a joint suit filed in New York demanding $1.65 trillion
in damages from the music distributor. Now that the holiday is over and everyone's had their laugh, the company has responded.
I don't think the response was quite what the RIAA bargained for...
"An attempt by the major record labels to use a U.S. court to as part of its campaign against AllofMP3.com is imprudent.
AllofMP3 understands that several US record label companies filed a lawsuit against Mediaservices in New York. This suit is unjustified as AllofMP3.com does not operate in New York. Certainly the labels are free to file any suit they wish, despite knowing full well that AllofMP3.com operates legally in Russia.
In the mean time, AllofMP3.com plans to continue to operate legally and comply with all Russian laws."
We've discussed various legal DRM wranglings before, including how the Russian version of copyright infringement is handled. By all Russian laws, AllOfMP3 is
operating legally. In fact, the company is a model of legal goodie-two-shoes.
Clearly, if the RIAA wants to bring the site down, it should probably waste its hard-stolen money on the proper American way of doing business - buy off enough of our congressmen to threaten Russian trade. In the meantime, it doesn't look like AllOfMP3 is going anywhere, despite the $1.65 trillion dollar lawsuit.
Well, they'll huff and they'll puff...
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