Russian Court rules that music download sites are illegal

March 2007

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 and 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.

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