Has The RIAA Given Up On Russian Copyright Abuse?

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Has The RIAA Given Up On Russian Copyright Abuse?

Tue May 27, 2008 @ 11:12AM PST

Posted by Eriq Gardner

Riaalogo Has the recording industry scored a victory over its Russian nemesis AllofMP3 or has it thrown up its hands in defeat?

The Russian source of allegedly unauthorized tunes was the subject of a lawsuit and immense lobbying pressure on the part of the U.S. and the recording industry. AllofMP3 maintained it existed due to a quirk in old Russian copyright law that allowed it to send in low royalty payments as a state-authorized source of music. However, the recording industry refused to accept these payments and got the State Department involved in having Russian authorities shut down the service.

The legal history against AllofMP3 was mixed, with some limited victories as well as Russian court exoneration. The service shut down, and as a result, the RIAA is now declaring victory and says it is dropping its lawsuit.

However, the website is back with a new name, Mp3Sparks, and some believe the RIAA is purposely choosing to ignore its successor as a lost cause.

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