Internet, record labels
A Russian court has fined a company whose Web sites let users download songs for 15 U.S. cents following a lawsuit brought by Gala Records, a Russian subsidiary of EMI. The Moscow Arbitration Court ruled last week in favor of Gala Records, which sued Web sites http://www.delit.ru and http://www.delit.net for illegally selling soundtracks and music albums online without the consent of copyright owners. The court also fined the sites’ parent company, Delit, 60,000 rubles (US$2,300; €1,750). Gala Record heralded the new ruling as a clear indication that “that one cannot distribute someone else’s property on the Internet.” Gala Records produces albums for several well-known Russian pop artists, including Dima Bilan, who came second in last year’s Eurovision song contest.