Sunday, March 13, 2005

Russian MP3 site escapes through copyright loophole

I've said it before and I'll say it again: if you want to take advantage of cheap music from Russia, don't wait around 'cause it's only a matter of time before sites like get taken down. Apparently there are no provisions in the Russian version of the Copyright Act that cover digital files and therefore allofMP3 is in the clear for the moment - what they are doing would be illegal in the US, but isn't yet in Russia. The reality is that Russia is a member of the WTO and WIPO and as such is required to pull these sites by their international treaty obligations. The clock is ticking, do you hear it allofmp3?

Check out these articles for more:
BBC article - 'Legal okay' for Russian MP3 site - legal news and business guides - Russian MP3 site escapes through copyright loophole


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