Expands Business

    Rumors of an imminent death of have been exaggerated. The legend of Russian piracy not only continues to work, but even expands its business: advertises special software for downloading files and distributes bonuses to customers.

    As you know, on September 1, 2006, amendments to the law "On Copyright and Related Rights" came into force in Russia , according to which producers of the phonogram receive a new "right to be made public." In this regard, a number of provisions of the law are changing. For example, Art. 39 p. 3 is now stated in the following edition:

    3. Prior to the start of the use of the phonogram, between the user of the phonogram or the associations (associations) of such users and organizations that manage the rights of producers of phonograms and performers on a collective basis, an agreement is concluded in which the amount of remuneration and its conditions are determined payouts.

    Thus, from September 1, 2006 online stores seem to be deprived of the right to distribute musical works without first concluding direct agreements with copyright holders. And of course, they don’t have and never will have such agreements, because most copyright holders will never agree to sell their music for such a ridiculous price.

    In connection with the approaching “rainy day” and the possible closure, many Russian mp3-shops arranged grandiose “sales” of music. The flagship of Russian piracy, the website , has fallen into the midst of a real international scandal. In early June 2006, officials from the US Trade Representation announced that the issue of music piracy on the Russian Internet could be crucial for Russia’s admission to the World Trade Association. According to overseas lawyers, last year Russian pirates damaged the US economy in the amount of about $ 1.8 billion. The online music store was particularly indignant among Americans: “This is an absolutely unprecedented case when a pirate site has been working so openly for such a long time. for a long time, ”said Neil Turkewitz, executive vice president of the RIAA, which represents the record industry.

    It soon became known that business owners would be tried in the UK. After that, went offline. It seemed that on this his story came to an end. But no. The problem was simply in the huge number of visitors from around the world who rushed into the Russian store, learning about it from the news feed. After some time, the site returned to online, now it feels great and looks 100% ready for September 1.

    Moreover, the site is expanding its business. In particular, at the bottom of the main page there was a link to the AllTunes affiliate resource , through which a special program is distributed to access the music collection. Judging by the screenshots, the program is almost a complete analogue of Apple iTunes, but it works not only on PCs, but also on smartphones of various models (under Symbian OS or Windows Mobile 2003/2005). As experienced freeloaders say , through this program you can download an unlimited amount of music for free, because when registering each email address, a bonus of 20 cents is charged.

    Perhaps the AllTunes program is being prepared as a backup aerodrome where you can sell music on the Internet if you have problems with the main site. But another version seems more believable. The business continues to grow steadily, and Russian merchant pirates are not at all afraid of upcoming legislative amendments.

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