International music rights owners set the record straight on Allofmp3.com
Organisations representing the legitimate music sector worldwide have rejected as "spurious" the claims of Russian-based website Allofmp3.com to being a legal and licensed service.
Bodies representing authors, composers, music publishers and record companies internationally and in Russia point to the following:
John Kennedy, Chairman and CEO of IFPI says
"Allofmp3.com summoned the world's media to specifically address the issue of their legality - but all they did was duck the questions time and again.
This only confirms the illegal status of this rogue site both within Russia and across the world.
Allofmp3.com's claims to legality are false and spurious. It is totally irrelevant even if ROMS, the body that has been expelled from CISAC, the organisation representing copyright societies worldwide, claims to have approached the record companies and offered them money. I could approach Bill Gates and offer to buy Microsoft for one dollar - but I'd get very short shrift.
"Allofmp3.com and ROMS clearly have no intention of respecting copyright laws and paying rights owners."
Eric Baptiste, Director General of CISAC, says:
"In accordance with Russian law, and following legal advice received by CISAC from Russian lawyers, copyright societies from all around the world have sent cease and desist letters to ROMS. Copyright societies (who represent hundreds of thousands of authors, composers and publishers and who control millions of copyright works) have made it extremely clear that ROMS has the right, neither to represent them, nor to license their repertoire. Accordingly (and contrary to its assertions) allofmp3.com is making copyright works available to the public without the requisite permission.
In October 2004, CISAC (the international organisation representing 217 copyright societies worldwide) formally expelled ROMS from its membership on the grounds that ROMS continued to issue licences in respect of an international repertoire which it did not control."
Ronald Mooij, the secretary-general of BIEM, the international organisation that represents rights societies, says:
"Allofmp3.com is a notorious website which is illegally making available music internationally without paying composers and songwriters. ROMS, the body in Russia which allofmp3.com claims has licensed it, does not have any mandate whatsoever to licence allofmp3.com for our members' mechanical rights."
Notes to editors:
IFPI is working in alliance with the following organisations representing rights owners: