I found THIS STORY on the G4 blog, which basically says that allofmp3.com will be offering “DRM heavy” music for free. However, when you peek a bit further into the article you’ll notice that they got their info from BOING BOING. Boing Boing hits a little closer to the mark getting their info from THE INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE. IHT says that Visa pulled allofmp3’s account, and that the site will now be offering “free” music with some sort of DRM that forces you to watch an advert before you can listen to a song. ALLOFMP3.com has nothing up yet about all this.
NOTE TO ALL: None of this matters.
However, here’s the bottom line:
Is it legal to download music from AllOFMP3.com?
The availability over the Internet of the ALLOFMP3.com materials is authorized by the license # LS-3М-05-03 of the Russian Multimedia and Internet Society (ROMS) and license # 006/3M-05 of the Rightholders Federation for Collective Copyright Management of Works Used Interactively (FAIR). In accordance to the licenses’ terms MediaServices pays license fees for all materials downloaded from the site subject to the Law of the Russian Federation “On Copyright and Related Rights”. All these materials are solely for personal use. Any further distribution, resale or broadcasting are prohibited.
The works available from ALLOFMP3.com are protected by the Law of the Russian Federation “On Copyright and Related Rights” and are for personal use of a buyer. Commercial use of such material is prohibited. Recording, copying, distribution on any media is possible only upon special consent of a Rightholder.
The user bears sole responsibility for any use and distribution of all materials received from AllOFMP3.com. This responsibility is dependent on the national legislation in each user’s country of residence. The Administration of AllOFMP3.com does not possess information on the laws of each particular country and is not responsible for the actions of foreign users.
Technically its not even legal to download music from allofmp3 in the US. No one knows where all the money goes! Do the artists get a cut? At 5c a track I highly doubt it. So essentially even if you do “pay” for the music, you are buying stolen property. And if you don’t pay for it then you have to download some profgram that will play an ad before you can listen to a song. Why would anyone do that?
Conclusion: Nothing’s free except for BT. However, TheMostBoringBlogInTheWorld encourages everyone to purchase their music from some legal source that will pay the artists. We may not agree with iTunes DRM policy, cause its really a pain in the ass more than a deterrent, but we still buy from iTunes. Rarely, we even buy a whole album from some physical store, but it takes alot to get us off the couch. Whether its music or programs, if you like it buy it. There are real people that worked hard to make that product. Yes, there are some bad apples at the top that take the large sum of the revenue, but those musicians and programmers need something to keep creating that product that you are using or want. So if no one ever pays for anything no one will be employed to make anything.
I dunnu, its a shite situation. But allofmp3 just seems wrong to me. Call me a retard.