CD Manufacturer liable for piracy from master disc

June 2006

Record labels

A firm that manufactured a master disc used to produce more than 100,000 pirate copies has been ordered to pay US$250,000 in damages to the recording industry. Planet Optical Disc Ltd, a mastering firm based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was ordered to pay the damages after a court decided it was liable for the production of all the compact discs originating from the master copy.  The Dubai Court of First Instance heard the master disc was used to produce 111,000 counterfeit compact discs featuring compilation of songs from a range of artists. The case had been brought by record companies including Universal International Music, Interscope Records, Zomba Records, BMG Middle East, Sony Music Entertainment, WEA International and EMI Records. They will share the damages granted by the Dubai

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