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Determined AllOfMP3 to re-open

AllOfMP3.com ruled legal under Russian law

Russian online music store, AllOfMP3.com, which was shut down last month by the US government, has announced plans to re-launch.

The decision to re-open the site, which has been offline since early July, follows a ruling by a district court in Moscow on 15 August which said that the site operated within Russian copyright laws.

AllOfMP3, which was operated by MediaServices, sold music encoded in non-protected audio formats at a low price. The company has encountered several legal issues such as claims it is operating illegally and engaging in music piracy.

In 2005 Moscow authorities investigated AllOfMP3 after the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry accused it of copyright infringement. In December 2006 the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed a $1.65 trillion lawsuit against the site on behalf of EMI, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group.

The site’s closure followed the acquittal of Denis Kvasov, head of the company, of all charges stemming from copyright infringement prosecution in August this year. MediaServices also opened a music download portal, MP3Sparks.com following the closure of AllOfMP3.com.

In a blog post the company said, "The service will be resumed in the foreseeable future. We are doing our best at the moment to ensure that all our users can use their accounts, top up balance and order music."

The record industry has said it will appeal the court's decision and is considering taking the case to the World Trade Organisation.

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