Two pieces of news stoke my attention today. Both arrived on Heise.

First of all: the European Parlament blocked the European Patents. So there will at least be a delay on that front. More information (German) can be found here.

Second: it is still legal to download from allofmp3, but it might be illegal for them to offer their downloads in Germany. So they might have to block German IPs or make you state that you are not from Germany, or whatever. The Heise page is here.