AllofMP3.com fobs off lawsuit

The Russian music download site allofmp3.com has fought back against legal action from the BPI – the UK’s trade body for music labels – which claims t

The Russian music download site allofmp3.com has fought back against legal action from the BPI – the UK’s trade body for music labels – which claims that it is illegal.

The site – which offers album downloads for 75p and is the second most popular download store after iTunes according to an XTN Data survey – disagrees with the BPI’s claim that it is ripping off artists by not paying them royalties.

The BPI has started legal action against the six-year-old site, run by Mediaservices Inc, but in a statement the site claims that it is ‘in full compliance with Russian laws’ and ‘is not operating or advertising its business on the territory of other countries’.

Allofmp3.com adds that it also does pay royalties to Russian organisations for the music it sells, which the BPI says isn’t true.

So, we have a slightly messy legal battle on our hands. We suggest creating your soundtrack to the clash by downloading from sites like Tunetribe, Allmusic.com and Napster until it all blows over.