AllOfMP3 could be living on borrowed time

Written by Wil Harris

May 31, 2006 | 11:39

Tags: #all-of-mp3 #allofmp3 #download #ifpi #itunes #mp3 #russia

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The popular Russian music site could well be on its way out, after the IFPI prompted the Russian police into another investigation as to the site's legality.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry is basically the international version of the RIAA. It has already had a pop at AllOfMP3 last year, with the Russian police coming to the conclusion that it didn't have the authority to investigate the website.

Now, the IFPI has given the d another boot in the behind. The site says that it pays royalties to the Russian Multimedia and Internet Society, and that Russia's copyright law doesn't cover online sales. However, the IFPI says that the RMIS doesn't have the legal authority to license AllOfMP3.

Russia wants to join the World Trade Organisation and its lack of intellectual property laws are a major stumbling block - so the police may find themselves under pressure from the higher-ups to clamp down.

This will come as a blow to millions of users around the world, who have been attracted to the site's offering of low prices and lack of DRM. It may be time to get spending those credits quick!

Will you be aggravated if AllOfMP3 is pulled down? Let us know over in the forums.
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