備忘録として書いとくかな。

It’s too bad that AllofMP3 is too hot for even Google to handle. After seeing how they’ve bribed, bullied and basically generally rightsholders after the YouTube acquisition, its nice to imagine what they could do on our behalf if they were running AllofMP3 as well.
I Wish Google Could Buy AllofMP3 – TechCrunch

随分とお気楽な想像という印象を受けたのだが,確かにGoogleが買ったらYouTubeの時よりも吃驚する。

AllofMP3 is still in business, but under a triage of attacks. Their own government sold them out in U.S. trade negotiations, promising to shut them down. Visa and MasterCard stopped accepting credit card transactions from the site. And now the record labels are on the case.
I Wish Google Could Buy AllofMP3 – TechCrunch

起訴され、カード会社に逃げられ、政府にも見捨てられたAllofMP3の運命は,今や風前の灯か。

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in New York against Moscow-based Mediaservices, which owns AllofMP3 and another music site, allTunes.com.
Record Labels Sue Web Site Operator – Associated Press

へえ、ロシアの会社をNew Yorkの裁判所に訴えることって出来るんだ。

The only surprise here is that it’s taken this long. However, after tremendous efforts to influence politicians to force Allofmp3.com to shut down, it appears that a bunch of record labels have finally filed a lawsuit against the company. The timing on this is a bit odd, as the record labels had succeeded in pressuring Russia into going after the site and pressuring credit card companies to stop accepting charges from the site.
Record Labels Finally Sue Allofmp3.com – Techdirt

数年前からRIAAがFile Sharing Servicersを狂ったように目の敵にして,挙句の果てにはユーザーまで訴えていたことを思うと,確かになぜ今頃になって,という気もする。ロシア政府の対応は本格的に貿易を拡大していく上での政治的判断が絡んでいるのは間違いない。WTOとかね。

各記事に寄せられたコメントをざっと見るにつけ、大体においてユーザーはこのような動きを歓迎していない(そういう人がコメントすんだろうけど)。著作権をないがしろにする訳ではなく、それが必ずしもアーティストに恩恵を与えていないという事情があるためだ。

Record companies keep about 72.5 cents on average for a 99 cent song, Dave Jaworski, CEO of PassAlong Networks, at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit.
Who gets what in a 99 cents download? – C|Net News

そんな中で,DRMを施していない素のmp3を供給しようとするところも出てきたようだ。

The music industry has long resisted selling music in the MP3 format, which lacks the copy protections that prevent songs from being duplicated endlessly. But now, Blue Note Records and its marquee artist, jazz-pop singer Norah Jones, are selling her latest single through Yahoo Inc. as an MP3 — despite the risk that it may add to piracy problems.
In a Turnabout, Record Industry Releases MP3s – WSJ

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