A recent article in Ars Technica discusses the arrest of a person selling AllofMP3 vouchers in the UK. It seems that the pressures of the music companies have not only convinced VISA and other credit card companies to stop taking payments, but they have now convinced authorities to arrest their country’s citizens.
Is AllofMP3 illegal? The answer in this “reporter”‘s opinion is, “no”. It’s not. It’s legal in Russia, and selling the vouchers is legal in the UK. But the pressure of IFPI is so great that all the companies selling vouchers in the UK will cease operations, afraid of arrest. Their lawyers attest to the fact that they are not breaking the law, but still, an arrest is not something to laugh at, nor is it good for business.
Who else feels uncomfortable with the fact that a lobbying group can exert so much power internationally? If they have an issue with someone, that’s the russian government (which is by the way going to cease AllofMP3′s operations by the end of May anyway) because it is they who have legalized the site’s activity. Check Wikipedia regarding AllofMP3 and specifically ROMS to find out more.tags: analysis
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