US Government giving AllOfMP3 free publicity

TechCrunch notes today that the issue of AllOfMP3 seems to be the key blocker when it comes to Russia joining the WTO.

Fact is, I pay for any music I don’t get as a gift through AllOfMP3. I don’t even think about going to BitTorrent or the other sharing networks. AllOfMP3 delivers me high quality, DRM-free music in pretty much any format I like, and for all intents and purposes, it’s legal.

The US Government, and the RIAA interests driving it still don’t seem to understand that for the majority of smart users who care about DRM, it’s not the DRM itself to which we object. What we object to is the overly-restrictive rules that DRM imposes on us. With my music, I want to be able to:

  • obtain it legally
  • ensure fair payments go to those involved in its making (particularly artists)
  • reuse it in an unlimited (but fair) way by listening to it on any device (stereo, computer, music player, car stereo, CD, etc.)
  • have fair use rights extend to me using a subset of the music as a part of another piece (mashup, remix,etc.) – not that I personally have the skill to do this

I’m more than happy to pay a reasonable price for music. Frankly, AllOfMP3 is ridiculously underpriced – US$1.20-$1.50 per album is insanse – I’d be happy to pay the US iTunes price (as opposed to the Australian iTunes price, which is a 20 per cent markup over the US).

If the US government and the RIAA were smart, they’d do a licensing deal with AllOfMP3, rather than trying to shut them down.

One Reply to “US Government giving AllOfMP3 free publicity”

  1. I wish the UK would do the same thing – AllOfMP3 is the 2nd largest online music site after iTunes over here, so is obviously giving people what they want.
    Embrace rather than ban would make more sense.

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