UK RIAA to sue AllofMP3.com

The U.K. music-industry trade organization, the BPI, is to sue popular Russian download site AllofMP3.com, claiming it is operating outside the law and not sharing any of its profits with the artists whose music it sells.

AllofMP3.com sells music singles and albums for download in a fashion similar to rival iTunes, but AllofMP3’s offerings typically are much less expensive–1 pound (about $1.87) per album versus iTunes’ typical price of 7.99 pounds ($14.85).

The site says it complies with Russian laws and does make royalty payments to the country’s rightsholders organization. Not so, says the BPI, which maintains that all of the site’s claims to legal operation are false and that no artists have received royalties from the site to date.

As a result, the BPI is now intending to take AllofMP3.com through the U.K. courts.

A spokesman for the BPI told silicon.com that its lawyers won’t be going after any U.K. users of site: “While it remains illegal to use the site, we aren’t interested in taking users to task–what we are doing is targeting the site itself.”