July 25, 2007

According to the CNET News Article (link below), the owner of the now-disabled Allofmp3.com website is facing criminal charges related to his “massive” copyright infringement. Charges have been filed against Denis Kvasov, who ran the mp3 file website up until the Russian government shut it down at the request and urging of U.S. trade officials. According to the article, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) had “long targeted the site,” which may have been reborn as a second mp3 website run by the same operators as Allofmp3.com. The prosecutor in the case is seeking $590,000 in restitution and three years in prison as punishment for Kvasov’s copyright infringement. According to the ars technica article (link below), there are at least two other websites offering illegal mp3s owned by the same people backing the shuttered website, noting further that “[w]hatever else the operators of AllOfMP3 may be, they are certainly tenacious; each time steps are taken against them, they find some way to keep going.” This quote is in relation to the recent ruling that attempts to stop some credit card payments to the website were deemed improper by a Russian court, allowing Allofmp3 to continue to receive credit card revenues prior to being disabled.

CNET News Article: LINK
ars technica Article: LINK


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