Monday, March 28, 2005 What a Steal!

There is an article at Slate about the latest file-sharing service that everyone's talking about, Here's a brief description:

" is Russian, and its self-proclaimed quasi-legality stems from its claimed ownership of Russian music distribution rights. As their Web site puts it: 'All the materials in the MediaServices projects are available for distribution through Internet according to license # LS-3М-05-03 of the Russian Multimedia and Internet Society. …'s Administration does not keep up with the laws of different countries and is not responsible the actions of non-Russian users.' This site isn't free, but at about 5 cents a song, it sure beats iTunes."

Of course, another way to say "quasi-legal" is "illegal." I hope that the positive effect of all this file stealing, I mean, sharing, will be that Apple and other legal downloading sites will be more flexible in their pricing. I'm not sure why Apple won't allow bands to sell their songs for a nickel if they want to, but I'm guessing it has something to do with the licensing agreement they have with the labels that says Apple won't allow different prices. After all, if you can get "Love Is Like Oxygen" for a nickel, you might be less likely to buy "Too Much Time on My Hands" for a dollar. But that's just a guess.


Anonymous said...

There are many internationally based web sites like Allofmp3 which offers music download service, and are continually coming under pressure from other countries to shut down. i know more 19 store or service that provides the best digital music experience at lens .

Anonymous said...

although they pay Russia's PRO royalties...supposedly. They have no deals with the copyright owners themselves (aka the labels or the artists) to distribute their works. Thats where this becomes illegal.