US Trade Representative Susan Schwab has singled out Russian music site www.allofmp3.com as a key stumbling block to
The site's owners, however, say that they are having the last laugh, the Moscow Times report said.
'They are promoting us,' Vadim Mamotin, general director of Mediaservices, which operates the site, was quoted as saying.
He said the site was signing up thousands of new clients after the
Set up by a handful of programmers in 2000, the site now has 5.5 million subscribers and is signing up 5,000 new users daily, Mamotin said.
He said the programmers conceived the site for their own use and had never expected it to become very popular.
The site charges $0.15 to $0.30 per song compared to about $1 per song on most music industry-sanctioned sites, including Apple's iTunes store, the report said.