BPI and IFPI take action against Jetgroove.com

December 2004

Record Labels, Internet

An international anti-piracy action by the BPI and IFPI has led to the removal of over 50,000 tracks and albums being offered for sale at the website jetgroove.com. Jetgroove claimed that they would pay royalties to the copyright owners based on the material that was actually downloaded, but the website prompted numerous complaints from IFPI and BPI members on the grounds that these tracks were being made available without permission. The content providers were based in Moscow and the Domain Name Server & streams were hosted on US servers. IFPI sent a strongly worded cease and desist notice to the content providers requesting the immediate removal of the infringing material.

BPI Director of Anti-Piracy David Martin said: “Whether it’s individuals illegally uploading files to peer-to-peer networks or companies seeking to make money out of our members’ copyrights without permission, the BPI’s anti-piracy unit is here to protect our members’ rights”. Although none of the current remaining tracks and albums are believed to be infringing members’ copyrights, the BPI and IFPI will continue to monitor the site. Any BPI members who have content on the site should contact antipiracy@bpi.co.uk with the full details of the tracks concerned.

See : http://www.ifpi.org

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