The RIAA says AllofMP3.com is operating illegally and slapped a 1.64 TRILLION dollar lawsuit on them. AllofMP3.com says that they are operating legally in Russia, complying with all Russian laws. So, where does it go from here? Filed on December 21st, the RIAA is claiming that 11 million songs were pirated. At a mere $150,000 per violation, that’s one heck of a lawsuit with… count them…. 12 zeroes. This lawsuit has caused quite the stir among our readers with comments like…
- $150,000 a song is just bull and they know it. – Nate The Great
- Wow, company sued for more then the entire gross domestic product of the country it is located in.- BJW
- Ask yourself this question; are the contributions entertainers make to society worth the monetary compensation they receive? – Anonymous
- Wow, I say we just boycott these people. – Denver Computer Consulting
This lawsuit is quite possibly the largest of its’ kind in the world of file sharing. AllofMP3.com also says that they forward all of the necessary fees to a Russian royalty collection firm (ROMS), and from there the ROMS is responsible for getting the Royalties to the proper copyright holders. As of now, the site is still up and running AND they’re offering a 20% bonus when you add money to your account. What a deal.
Whether they show up for the legal battle in New York is yet another question waiting to be answered. According to Slyck News, a senior company official from AllofMP3 had this to say:
“AllofMP3 understands that several U.S. record label companies filed a lawsuit against Media Services in New York. This suit is unjustified as AllofMP3 does not operate in New York. Certainly the labels are free to file any suit they wish, despite knowing full well that AllofMP3 operates legally in Russia. In the mean time, AllofMP3 plans to continue to operate legally and comply with all Russian laws.”
We’ll surely be following this to see how AllofMP3.com is able to stand up to the big bully… a.k.a The RIAA!
News Source: Slyck News