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A Lesson in Why Regulating Online Activity is Difficult

When the controversial online music distribution site went dark recently, it was touted as a victory by various groups responsible for music royalties (who weren't getting a cut from and a positive sign of US-Russian relations due to the intimation that US pressure was used to force the Russian authorities to terminate the link between AllofMP3 and their ISP.

This celebratory feeling was somewhat short-lived when suddenly appeared from nowhere, apparently being operated by the same parties responsible for Account holders from have confirmed that it appears that their accounts and other details appear on the new site, and the catalogue presented on contains the same spelling errors and misattributions that maintained. also appears to have the same arrangement with the disputed collector of royalties within Russia that maintained. It is claimed that this particular organisation has tried to distribute royalty funds, but has been turned down by rights holders.

Media Services, the company that appears to be behind both sites is currently in the process of being sued by multiple parties inside and outside of Russia, so it may be a shorter timeframe before the new site is taken offline (or moved to a country that doesn't care about copyright as much).

4 July 2007

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