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AllOfMP3 takeover may legalize efforts

updated 01:45 pm EST, Fri January 26, 2007

AllOfMP3 may go legal

Online music store AllOfMP3 -- which elected to close down after coming under fire from anti-piracy advocates -- could be subverted through a corporate buyout. Analysts indicate that an as yet unnamed "influential and wealthy" Russian tycoon has been pursuing the direct download shop and intends to legitimize its often questionable licensing scheme by taking control of the company. The businessman is working on behalf of music labels and publishers that believe AllOfMP3's extremely low-priced downloads skirt the edges of its home territory's law, according to Music Ally. If successful, the takeover would be followed by new licensing deals obtained directly from the labels themselves. [corrected]

The website has been the subject of intense legal pressure in recent months, which led to a large-scale lawsuit filed in the U.S. in December of 2006. AllOfMP3 repeatedly defended itself against legal pressures, however, indicating that it received its song licenses legitimately through a separate Russian agency.

by MacNN Staff





  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Remember how well that worked for Napster? Idiots!

  1. eggman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How's that gonna work?

    The success of AllOfMp3 derives not only from it's low prices, but also it's lack of DRM... or imposition of a particular encoding format... or limit on encoding quality.

    I can only imagine that any licensing deal will be predicated to the adoption of some form of onerous DRM, with the accompanying restrictions on file format and quality.

    I thought AllOfMp3 might have had some legal legs to stand on based on citations they've made on their website. They did apparently have licenses to sell this material legitimately in Russia, and there were some precedents for importing music from abroad that extended legitimacy to the purchaser.

    It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

  1. cal6n

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Just when did they "elect to shut down"?

  1. umijin

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Didn't know they shut down. But if they did so, it wasn't because the RIAA hated them. It was because you couldn't purchase any credit via US credit cards anymore. Nice to know that the credit card companies aren't impartial. :-P

  1. stuff

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yeah right

    They are soooooo shut down that I'm downloading right now. Sheesh.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    AllOfMP3 not shut down

    I thought you would of checked out your story first.

    Just type into your browser !!!

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