According to the RIAA at least. In a lawsuit filed in a New York court, the RIAA has demanded that AllofMP3 owes it $1.65 trillion. The debt is the result of 11 million AllofMP3 downloads since Oct. 2006. If you do the math, that equates to $115,000 per track—it’s a good thing the RIAA doesn’t run its own download service.
AllofMP3 has dismissed the charges on its website with this message:
An attempt by the major record labels to use a U.S. court to as part of its campaign against AllofMP3.com is imprudent.
AllofMP3 understands that several US record label companies filed a lawsuit against Mediaservices in New York. This suit is unjustified as AllofMP3.com does not operate in New York. Certainly the labels are free to file any suit they wish, despite knowing full well that AllofMP3.com operates legally in Russia.
In the mean time, AllofMP3.com plans to continue to operate legally and comply with all Russian laws.
I’m gonna go against the grain a bit here and say AllofMP3 really is a bad guy. I’m all for cheap downloads and such, but the artists and, I guess, the labels really do need to be compensated. Oh well, we’ll see how it all plays out. I anticipate the RIAA will soon have an army of ninjas to deploy for situations like these.