19 October 2006

MP3 Web site in Russia goes from cheap to free amid legal battles

A Web site based in Moscow that the U.S. Commerce Department has branded as the world's highest- volume online seller of pirated music plans to release hundreds of thousands of albums free, the site said. Low prices and ease of use have made AllofMP3 a consumer favorite among music download sites, but the site - which claims to operate legally under Russian copyright law - faces ongoing legal battles with the music industry and harsh criticism from the U.S. government.