November 14, 2007 by Amanda Sheane
The recent closure of AllofMP3 is coming to an end. The site that was
closed in July 2007 has recently been reopened under another name and site
location. The site that has users pay a flat rate to download music was
thought to be in violation of copyright laws in Russia. However, a recent
court decision has held that the company’s former head did not infringe
any copyright laws due to lack of evidence.
Many were sceptical of the closure in the first place, some
citing the impending meeting between Bush and Putin as the reason for
closure. Russia who is bidding to join the WTO may have forced the site to
close to show Bush that Russia is tough on copyright infringers. However,
the recent court decision does not support such implications.
Some customers of AllofMP3 are reluctant to reinstate their
accounts for fear of losing whatever money they put in will be lost at the
hands of another possible closure. The site says that old subscribers can
use the money they had previously on the site but a new rate of $25 is
necessary to activate an account.