Russia’s AllofMP3.com Back From The Dead?
According to a statement posted on its website, AllofMP3.com, is now planning to resurrect the dodgy Russian download store to the chagrin of the major labels. The announcement follows AllofMP3.com winning a court decision that charged the company and its CEO Dennis Kvasov with copyright infringement for selling recordings without specific label approval at high discounts.
“The service will be resumed in the foreseeable future,” the company boasted. “We are doing our best at the moment to ensure that all our users can use their accounts and order music.”
AllofMP3.com was shutdown after pressure from the IFPI convinced Visa and Mastercard to abandon the company, as well as the US government who threatened to not support Russia for WTO membership. However, the Russian courts have been accommodating to the beleaguered concern with favorable court decisions.
While AllofMP3.com was getting a beatdown, Media Services, AllofMP3.com’s parent, developed MP3Sparks a carbon-copy of AllofMP3.com. Just like AllofMP3.com, MP3Sparks is a serious threat to labels and publishers, who are not being paid for purchases outside of Russia. Media Services claims that it is following Russian law and has sent the copyright owners payments, which have been refused.