Add to favorite
 
123
Subscribe to our Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletters Get Daily Updates RSS
russian visa


Piratical site is an obstacle on Russias way to the WTO
October 26, 2006 17:53


For over 10 years Russia has been trying to enter the WTO, and at this moment, when almost everything is arranged and ready, there still exist points hindering the RF from its ambitions.

The most complicated issues at talks covering Russia entering the WTO topic turned to be protection of intellectual property right and safety of agricultural products, notified the USA Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez. The main question is about functioning of a quite popular site www.Allofmp3.com charged by the USA of piratical activity, though there is no judicial act proving its guilt.

Visa and MasterCard refused to transfer money for downloading music at Russian site www.Allofmp3.com. Visa International stopped all operations dealing with the site on September 1, and MasterCard started disseminating recommendations to its business-partners as far back as August. MasterCard will never put up with the fact that its opportunities are used for illegal activities, said the representative of the company Chris Harroll.

Claims on the site were given in a blackmail form. According to the USA representative Susan Shwab, Russia is difficult to be thought of as a member of the WTO with a site, violating everybodys intellectual property rights.

The results of conducted in Britain spring market research showed that Russian site in terms of sales volume is inferior to Apple iTunes Music Store only and distanced all other foreign music sites; low tracks cost contributes to popularity of www.Allofmp3.com. However, foreign experts believe that such cheapness is bespoken by the complete absence of authors remuneration charges. At the same time the general director of Mediaservices company owning www.Allofmp3.com Vadim Mamontin blames colleagues for immoderate overpricing. For instance, the cost of one downloaded song at iTunes is comparable with the price of the same song on a CD. But working on the Internet doesnt presume expenses wasted on CDs and packs production, designing process and transportation, he says. Excessive prices make people try illegal files exchange.

In his opinion any attempts made to shut up the site can be regarded as noncompetitive ways of fight used by American record companies. Actually, there is a fight for Russian music e-market.

As a result, the flush of newcomers ran down since they were not able to pay for downloading by means of Visa and MasterCard. Anyway, Russian Internet users have nothing to worry about as long as other payment systems operate. The general director of YandexMoney LTD. Evgeniya Zavalishina noted that their company would go on working with www.Allofmp3.com as well as with other e-shops offering goods and services validly, as there is no legal opinion concerning infringement of anybodys intellectual property rights.

According to the committee chairman of the National Association of e-commerce members Pavel Vrublevskiy, the claim for shutting up the site taken as a condition on which Russia can enter the WTO contravenes Russian and international law. To Vrublevskys mind, price is determined by the market relying on peculiarities of national consumers market and capacity of citizens to pay.

The thought that a site may become a serious reason to prevent Russia from entering the WTO seems merely strange, there must be some other reasons, unspeakable but implicit.

Sources:

    www.gazeta.ru
    www.rian.ru

Olga Pletneva


Tags:      

Next Previous

You might also find interesting:

Denis Shtengelov Became a Dollar Billionaire BASF Will Cooperate With Gazprom Gazprom Signed An Agreement With Hungarian Authorities Russia May Be Accepted Back To the G8 Russian Market Of Luxury Cars Started To Grow









Comment on our site


RSS   twitter   facebook   submit

Bookmark and Share

search on the map
TAGS:
Russian oil companies  Beringia  southern Russia  World Cleanup 2012  expats in Moscow  Postmodernism  Russian Traditions  Russian Rivers  Winzavod  Igor Stravinsky  Exotarium  Painting  Karachay-Cherkessia  National Dishes  Russian tourism  Tsaritsyno  Russian academy of sciences  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  New Year celebrations  Sviatoslav Richter  Russian language  Russian business  Roman Abramovich  Russian Bears  Trsaritsyno Museum Estate  Sculpture  Jazz  Russian Cinema  Festivals in Moscow  Moscow Architecture  Soviet Art   Russian regions  Zika Virus  Moscow  Olga Spessivtseva  Spacecrafts  Magadan  Joy Division  Arkhangelsk  Sergey Alimov  Film Festivals  Festivals in Petersburg  Rostov-on-Don  St. Petersburg  Exhibition Fairs  monument to grandmother   Exhibitions in Moscow  Exhibitions Fairs  Romanovs  travel to Russia 


Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites