News
News
7/6/2006
01:36 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Music Groups To Take Russian Download Site AllofMP3.com To U.K. Courts

AllofMP3.com offers discounted prices on downloads while failing to pay artists or record companies, opponents claim. But the company's Web site claims its business is legal under Russian copyright laws.

As part of an ongoing effort to reap profits from copyright-protected music, the British recording industry has gained clearance to sue Russian download site AllofMP3.com.

A U.K. Court authorized British recording industry association BPI to sue the Russia-based site in the United Kingdom AllofMP3.com. The move is the latest in a series of victories for BPI as record companies target online file sharing worldwide.

"We have maintained all along that this site is illegal and that the operator of the site is breaking U.K. law by making sound recordings available to U.K.-based customers without the permission of the copyright owners," BPI General Counsel Roz Groome said through a prepared statement.

The company's Web site claims that its business is legal under Russia copyright laws. It also states that AllofMP3.com is not aware of copyright laws in each country and is not responsible for the actions of foreign users.

Groome said AllofMP3.com offers discounted prices on downloads while failing to pay artists or record companies.

BPI claims that music fans saved more than $2 billion (U.S.) through illegal downloads from 2003 through 2005. The association had obtained more than 100 file sharing settlements by the end of last year.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest September 24, 2014
Start improving branch office support by tapping public and private cloud resources to boost performance, increase worker productivity, and cut costs.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.