Police raid Allofmp3 'voucher' ring

Police in London have arrested a 25 year-old man accused of selling vouchers for downloads at Allofmp3.com. The British Phonographic Industry said that the man is believed to be an agent for the Russian music download site, which has been outlawed in the UK for refusing to pay royalties, and was allegedly selling the vouchers throughout the UK and Europe via commercial websites and online auction services.

The use of vouchers, which allowed users to access the site and download music, is necessary because credit card firms throughout Europe have vowed to block any attempted payments made to the service. After selling the vouchers, sometimes for as much as £10, authorities claimed that the man transferred the money to offshore bank accounts connected to the owners of Allofmp3.com. The BPI estimates that the operation generated "tens of thousands of pounds" in revenue.

The man, a resident of Bow in London, will be charged with violating the UK Fraud Act 2006, which allows for the prosecution of individuals who make and distribute materials intended for fraud. If convicted, he could face 10 years in prison. Foreign-based software pirates and phishing groups have been using local agents for years. The jobs are often presented as 'get rich quick' schemes and users are often unaware of the true nature of the position until after they have been arrested.

News source: vnunet

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Although i'm not for pirating, people must be stupid to pay for an illegal download when you can get it for free from a myriad of other non charging sites.

I guess people believe whatever the RIAA says, therefore it must be true.... yeah right.

As for the UK, they have their lips glued to Bush's butt anyways.

As for the UK, they have their lips glued to Bush's butt anyways.

Tony Blair might, but I can assure you that the population most definately does not!

Just wonderful, this place is filled with RIAA GOONS. Just sickening. Yeah, just shows what kind of low life person you truly are for defending the RIAA and their tactics. Now they have the goverments doing their dirty work on top of it. What a wonderful world we live in.... NOT.

Let alone the fact that it hasn't been proven that allofmp3.com is illegal.

oh get real, in most cases I could agree, but in this case against AllofMP3, they are actually in their right.

the site is charging to sell music wihout paying anything to the artists.

and this guy was even selling credits on the site at a markup making good money. so basically the only peopel not making money here are the artists, and the recording industry but I care less about that, but they are the ones who finance the artists as well so they do deserver their cut, though a smaller one than they have been gettign historically.

You've got love how our government agencies have become the private police force for the likes of the RIAA, MPAA, SIIA, BSA, etc.

lbmouse said,
You've got love how our government agencies have become the private police force for the likes of the RIAA, MPAA, SIIA, BSA, etc.

Only because it was a criminal act. It's no different than the police arresting somebody for cruelty to animals on behalf of the RSPCA.

Examinus said,

Only because it was a criminal act. It's no different than the police arresting somebody for cruelty to animals on behalf of the RSPCA.


There is a big difference (used to be much bigger) between physical and intellectual property laws. My ex-wife is an IP attorney and we spent many nights around the diner table discussing the differences between the two.

Violating copyright or patent holder claims should swim in civil and not criminal waters. The powers that be (RIAA, MPAA, BPI, etc.) have lobbied to pass laws that criminalize civil infractions (e.g., UK Fraud Act 2006, DMCA, etc.). That way they can use government resources instead of their own to promote their business interests. They have also done a great job of brainwashing people into thinking that listening to a song or watching a movie w/o paying royalties is the same as stealing physical property.

I have nothing against charging for IP, I just don't agree with the industry orgs approach/tactics.

There's a huge difference between listening to a song on the radio, and downloading that song of the itnernet to your computer/DAP and listening to it over and over at will.

and you don't need to be brainwashed by RIAA or anyone to know that. the only ones who argue this are the peopel who don't want to pay for anything , the same peopel who are causign less and less non MMO/online PC games to be released.

lbmouse said,

There is a big difference (used to be much bigger) between physical and intellectual property laws. My ex-wife is an IP attorney and we spent many nights around the diner table discussing the differences between the two.

Violating copyright or patent holder claims should swim in civil and not criminal waters. The powers that be (RIAA, MPAA, BPI, etc.) have lobbied to pass laws that criminalize civil infractions (e.g., UK Fraud Act 2006, DMCA, etc.). That way they can use government resources instead of their own to promote their business interests. They have also done a great job of brainwashing people into thinking that listening to a song or watching a movie w/o paying royalties is the same as stealing physical property.

I have nothing against charging for IP, I just don't agree with the industry orgs approach/tactics.

"The man, a resident of Bow in London, will be charged with violating the UK Fraud Act 2006"

The police only acted on behalf of the BPI because it was a criminal act.

Examinus said,
"The man, a resident of Bow in London, will be charged with violating the UK Fraud Act 2006"

The police only acted on behalf of the BPI because it was a criminal act.


Exactly! Who do you think the major lobbyists were for this "act"? I'll give you one guess. That is one of the major problems I have with these "industry organizations". Rather than using their own resources to go after alleged violators of their business interests, they promote the passing of laws that criminalize what once was and still should be civil infractions. Don't even get me started with how they are manipulative extortionists.

lbmouse said,
You've got love how our government agencies have become the private police force for the likes of the RIAA, MPAA, SIIA, BSA, etc.

How do you know the money for allofmp3.com isn't going straight into the pockets of a terrorist organization or organized crime?

GreyWolfSC said,
How do you know the money for allofmp3.com isn't going straight into the pockets of a terrorist organization or organized crime?

Well, if it went to the RIAA, what is the difference? I consider that organization about as evil as any international crime syndicate in existence. The money should go to the artists and not a self-serving group of thugs, middle-men, and bureaucrats.

lbmouse said,

Well, if it went to the RIAA, what is the difference? I consider that organization about as evil as any international crime syndicate in existence. The money should go to the artists and not a self-serving group of thugs, middle-men, and bureaucrats.

That's just dumb... I don't the RIAA either, but they don't kidnap and murder people.

GreyWolfSC said,
That's just dumb... I don't the RIAA either, but they don't kidnap and murder people.

That's just naïve... there are different types and levels of evil. I don't know or even care anything about allofmp3.com. All I know is that the RIAA, MPAA, BSA and all of their cousins are bad organizations that only exist for self-serving purposes.

lbmouse said,

Exactly! Who do you think the major lobbyists were for this "act"? I'll give you one guess. That is one of the major problems I have with these "industry organizations". Rather than using their own resources to go after alleged violators of their business interests, they promote the passing of laws that criminalize what once was and still should be civil infractions. Don't even get me started with how they are manipulative extortionists.

The UK Fraud Act 2006? It's a rather wide ranging Act, so I don't think it can be completely attributed to the BPI.

HawkMan said,
There's a huge difference between listening to a song on the radio, and downloading that song of the itnernet to your computer/DAP and listening to it over and over at will.

and you don't need to be brainwashed by RIAA or anyone to know that. the only ones who argue this are the peopel who don't want to pay for anything , the same peopel who are causign less and less non MMO/online PC games to be released.


This of course is complete BS!

from lbmouse's link

Mary Wilson, who with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard formed the original Supremes, said the exemption was unfair and forced older musicians to continue touring to pay their bills.

"After so many years of not being compensated, it would be nice now at this late date to at least start," the 63-year-old Las Vegas resident said in Milwaukee, where she was performing at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino. "They've gotten 50-some years of free play. Now maybe it's time to pay up."


So does this mean that if I was a carpenter and sold a chair to a shop then I should be able to expect compensation every time it gets used? This would help out a lot of carpenters who are having to make new chairs - instead they could rely on people having to pay for "free-seating".

Look around your homes people - music is no different to anything else - you pay for it once and you use it plenty, not paying any more for it.

lbmouse said,

In UK, radio stations have to pay the Performing Rights Society a sub (just like any public venue that plays recordings) so if there is any beef about not getting continual payments for 40 years for one piece of work, perhaps the aggrieved and so obviously impoverished artists who are down to their last Ferrari can take it up with PRS to get a bigger cut...