AllOfMP3 responds to lawsuits

Written by Brett Thomas

December 28, 2006 | 19:30

Tags: #allofmp3

Companies: #riaa

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 is imprudent.

AllofMP3 understands that several US record label companies filed a lawsuit against Mediaservices in New York. This suit is unjustified as does not operate in New York. Certainly the labels are free to file any suit they wish, despite knowing full well that operates legally in Russia.

In the mean time, 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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