Russian court find in favour of labels in piracy case

August 2006

Record labels

The Arbitration Court of the Moscow Region has ruled that Russobit-Soft, a Moscow-based optical disc plant, had manufactured counterfeit CDs by artists including Depeche Mode, Destiny’s Child, Enrique Iglesias, Macy Gray, Michael Jackson, Radiohead, Whitney Houston and Westlife. The company has been ordered to pay four million roubles (US$148,000) in statutory damages. Russobit-Soft will also have to pay compensation for costs, including state duties and experts’ fees in full as well as a substantial proportion of the claimant’s attorney’s fees.  The court also issued an injunction preventing Russobit-Soft from manufacturing any of the 30 albums involved in the case. The International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI) acting on behalf of record label members filed eight claims against Russobit-Soft in December 2003.

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