Statute please. Saying it's illegal doesn't make it prosecutable. I am not asking if the RIAA would potentially try to sue you, them saying they'll sue is unrelated to demonstrating that it's illegal, they'd like to sue all of us for ripping our CDs to our iPods. I'm asking for an actual law you are breaking by purchasing music from them.kornchild2002 said:No, it is completely illegal for residents outside of Russia to use these types of websites.
Hint: there isn't one. It is no more illegal for me to buy music from one of these Russian sites than it is for me to buy music from totally up and up foreign operations like YesAsia or CDJapan. Again, not saying it's right, or they're actually a good idea, just saying that using them does not violate any law that I am aware of. It would basically require a special act of Congress in the U.S. to make purchasing from them illegal, and it would still be unenforceable.
It is operating today, it's just not called Allofmp3.com. They weren't breaking the law, they just became too much of a hot potato so the parent company shut down the allofmp3.com website and simply opened up at least two differently named sites selling the same content. Word is that the most popular, mp3sparks.com, is now suffering the sort of payment blockade like allofmp3.com did last year, but it's still very much in operation.I already know that allofmp3 was illegal as it was shut down. Otherwise it would still be up operating today.
These sites are not a good idea, I agree. Whether it's because the labels refuse their ROMs payments like the site owners say or whether they actually don't even try to pay the artists is immaterial, so long as the artists and writers won't be getting paid and they are profiting, you're simply paying money to avoid the risk of file sharing. That's kind of low, no argument, but it still doesn't make them illegal no matter what you or the RIAA wants to claim. Unless there's a specific federal statute against purchasing music how can it be illegal? Truthfully, you should be glad it's not illegal, because any of the legal justifications for such a prohibition would have a lot of intended side effects that would be devastating to music fans not interested in geographic borders. The same law that would make it illegal to buy from a site akin to allofmp3.com would likely make it a federal crime to buy a foreign iTunes gift card and set up an account to purchase music not distributed in the U.S.. No thanks. I'll let the RIAA put pressure on credit card companies to stop payments to these companies - it's far more effective and leaves my import CDs the heck alone.