Archive for the ‘Russia’ category

Metropolitan police involved in allofmp3 raid

May 21, 2007

A press release put out by the BPI has reported that a 25 year old man has been arrested in London for running the web site selling vouchers for allofmp3.com enabling the site to get around the removal of Paypal and credit card payment systems.

Interesting how bringing down a site in Russia has involved so much international lobbying for payment mechanisms to be removed and now is involving police raids in Western Europe. This is becoming increasingly commonplace and The Pirate Bay has already indicated that it has servers in multiple countries to enable it to survive action in Sweden.

From a UK legal perspective  this is interesting (snipped from BPI release):

As the unlicensed sale of music is a criminal offence in the UK, police executed the raid under Section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006 – legislation introduced into UK law in January 2007 specifically to combat online fraud. This is the first time the new fraud legislation has been used in a copyright-related case.

Allofmp3.com loses JCB

April 11, 2007

As Japanese credit card company JCB pulls it’s payment services from allofmp3.com the Russian music site’s days must be numbered. Whilst I don’t consider this major news in itself – more of an inevitability – the large and growing number of people coming to this blog and looking for allofmp3 info tells me it should be reported.

What is interesting is how easy it will be to see this happen again with similar sites. Will Paypal, Visa and JCB comply with repeated requests to pull their services from illegal sites? If so, where will it leave illegal paying sites? And can the same be applied to newsgroups?

What does it take to stop allofmp3 ?

February 28, 2007

Allofmp3.com has been trading for some years now. I read recently that it has slipped down the ratings of top web sites. I don’t know how reliable Alexa are but today allofmp3 was at 1295 in their rankings of most popular web sites. I find this astounding given the difficulty in paying now that Visa (and Paypal) have withdrawn their payment services.

What has the music industry done to kill this site?

  • RIAA filed a suit in New York  (where allofmp3’s claim to legitimacy is alleged to be ‘potentially even more damaging’ than the downloading)
  • BPI brought an action to the UK courts
  • Civil Society of record Producers has brough an action in France
  • The IFPI gained a ruling in Denmark forcing an ISP to block access to the site

 Separately a former director is being pursued in the criminal courts in Moscow in a case moving with fits and starts probably according to who is bribing.

What is most likely to resolve this issue of the site that will not die is the agreement by the Russian government to force companies to gain direct agreements with copyright owners to use their copyrighted material, rather than the current collective management of copyright which allows allofmp3 to claim a get out.

Paying on allofmp3

February 19, 2007

Interesting article here on the appalling state of payment mechanisms on Russia’s dying allofmp3.com web site

Allofmp3 will be closed

November 30, 2006

In the Results of Bilateral Negotiations on Russia’s Accession to the WTO, the Action on Critical IPR Issues includes the naming of Allofmp3.com as a site that the Russian government will commit to shut down.

There are also provisions on optical disc piracy, including strengthening regulation of plants and deny licenses to past offenders.

The Russian Government will also ask the Supreme Court to clarify its stance on IPR cases.

All the points are to be implemented by a deadline of June 1, 2007.