Feeds

Police raid ends allofmp3.com vouchers

Put down your MP3s and come out with your hands up

Application security programs and practises

Police have shut down an online voucher system allegedly used by Russian music download website allofmp3.com to get around the recent removal of its card processing facilities in the UK and Europe.

An unnamed 25-year-old man, allegedly the UK-based European agent for allofmp3.com, was arrested under the Fraud Act following a police raid in the east end of London earlier this month. The bust followed an investigation by global recording industry body IFPI and the BPI, the UK record companies' association.

The arrested man is accused of advertising and selling allofmp3.com vouchers through auction sites such as eBay and the website allofmp3vouchers.co.uk. The vouchers (typically valued at around £10) contained an access code that allowed punters to download tracks from allofmp3.com. Investigators reckon the suspect transferred cash to allofmp3.com via various offshore accounts operated by the site's Russian owners. Early estimates suggest the operation generated tens of thousands of pounds.

The website allofmp3vouchers.co.uk has been taken offline following the bust, during which Metropolitan Police officers seized computer kit and paperwork for further investigation.

The unlicensed sale of music became a criminal offence in the UK under Section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006. It is the first time the new law has been applied in a copyright-related case.

In a statement, the BPI described the raid as a significant step towards the demise of allofmp3.com, once described as the UK's second most popular digital music site after iTunes. The "illegal" Russian website is running out of payment options as the law closes in, according to the BPI.

Credit card issuers and online payment firms such as PayPal have withdrawn payment facilities from allofmp3.com following complaints over copyright infringement earlier this year. Allofmp3.com faces ongoing criminal proceedings in Russia as well as a raft of civil actions against it by the music industry internationally.

Allofmp3.com says that it pays record companies and artists via an agreement with a Russian copyright organisation, ROMS. The BPI said none of its record companies have allowed ROMS to license the sale of their music via the internet either in Russia or anywhere else. Furthermore, ROMS has been booted out of CISAC, the international copyright confederation.

"Allofmp3.com is an illegal download service and the decision by major credit cards and payment services no longer to support it amply demonstrates that fact," said BPI chief exec Geoff Taylor. "British music fans should beware of voucher schemes like this one that seek to prop up an illegal service that rips off artists." ®

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330
If the person in front reclines their seat, this could get interesting
UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill
Just 49 MPs oppose Drip's rushed timetable
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.