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Authorities and trade organizations in several different nations have claimed AllofMP3 is not a legal MP3 download service

The AllofMP3.com music download service has been under constant fire from Russian and American authorities.  The legality of the popular MP3 download service has been in question for quite a while now -- in Russia and abroad.  The music site recently released a press release claiming that it has operated legally within Russia for the past six years.  The press release also contains a statement that says the company is trying to arrange new agreements with copyright holders before copyright law in Russia is changed on September 1, 2006:

The site AllOfMP3.com belongs to a Russian company and for 6 years it has operated within the country, in full compliance with all Russian laws. Throughout this period the various government offices have scrutinized site's legality and have not found any breach of the law. So far there has been no decision by any Russian court contesting the site's legality.

The British Phonographic Institute (BPI), official trade association for British record companies, has announced that it plans to sue AllofMP3.com, because the site is illegal under UK law.  Instead of suing British music listeners using the service, the BPI has decided to only sue the site.  The BPI also claims that the site is not licensed to sell music in the UK.

Recently, there has been much news about the US willing to oppose Russia's membership into the World Trade Organization if Russia authorities do not try to shut down AllofMP3.com.




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