Russia ditches AllofMP3.com for WTO
Russia-based AllofMP3.com has been in jeopardy of a complete shutdown for copyright infringement for what seems like forever. Despite the heavy scrutiny by the U.S. and other countries this year, the music download store, shielded by Russian copyright law, has been able to continue selling songs for pennies. Even when Visa pulled out from processing the company’s transactions last month, AllofMP3 forged ahead undeterred.
But the end may be near (for real, this time). The site is still fully functional, but according to a recent press release, Russia has officially agreed to shut down AllofMP3 and other sites in exchange for entry into the World Trade Organization. It’s not this cut-and-dry, of course, but it seems the U.S. has "suggested" it would delay the country’s acceptance into the WTO until it took action against Russian websites engaging in digital piracy.
A company spokesman says that AllofMP3 isn’t worried. The site continues to maintain that it operates within current Russian law.[CNET News]