RIAA claims victory over AllofMP3.com, drops lawsuit

By on May 28, 2008, 7:56 PM
Remember AllofMP3.com, the infamous Russian music download store that was shut down on several occasions only to respawn every time? Well, it appears that after US diplomats last year pressured Russia to shut the site down or face denied entry to the WTO, AllofMP3.com finally went down for good – sort of.

That apparently satisfied the RIAA, which said it has dropped its $1.65 trillion copyright infringement lawsuit against MediaServices, the site’s owner, and declared victory. What’s funny is that they appear to be ignoring the fact that, after being shut down, the founders of AllofMP3 simply started a new site called MP3Sparks which operates exactly the same as the now “defunct” site did, selling tracks for just 15 cents apiece, and even works with old AllofMP3 login names and passwords – not to mention almost a dozen similar sites have sprung up since then. It’s hard to see how this could be much of a victory for the RIAA.




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canadian said:
Lol, this is to funny! I could easily see this as a cartoon.
Badfinger said:
The site is in Russia and does pay royalties to R.O.M.S., so it's not illegal, very interesting! [I went to the 'declared victory' link]
Rick said:
[quote]the RIAA, which said it has dropped its $1.65 trillion copyright infringement lawsuit[/quote]LOL! Enough said...
Rick said:
You know, I have to comment on this...The amount of compensation they were seeking is especially funny because in 2007, global digital and physical music sales totaled somewhere around $30 billion.That's almost 50 years worth of gross sales, that does not even take into consideration the fact the music industry sells many, many, many times more music and makes much more money than it did 10... 20.. 30... 50 years ago. It's just.. funny. I'm sure even the RIAA didn't take this seriously... right?
thejedislayer said:
Let them celebrate their, "hard earned" victory.
phantasm66 said:
I don't know what's funnier...a)The founders of AllofMP3 simply started a new site called MP3Sparksorb)"...said it has dropped its $1.65 trillion copyright infringement lawsuit against MediaServices..."This amount of money is completely silly. Austin Powers and the "one hundred billion dollars!" scene springs to mind. I work for one of the largest banks in the world, they make like £10bn in profit every year. Oil companies make like £20bn and stuff. Asking for $1.65 trillion is just plain silly.This constant, megalomaniac-like behaviour on the part of the RIAA and MPAA points towards a deep lack of self belief. Its like they make these wild claims and demands because, in their hearts, they know they have already lost.
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