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updated 11:30 am EST, Thu December 21, 2006

US labels sue

Online music retailer is being sued by a group of key US music labels, according to the BBC. The labels have filed a collective suit which includes Arista Records, Capitol, UMG, and Warner in New York, alleging that the Russian site has been selling artists' songs without permission. "The defendant's entire business... amounts to nothing more than a massive infringement of plaintiffs' exclusive rights under the Copyright Act and New York law," the labels claim. The online store has already flatly refused the allegations, saying that it operates fully within Russian law by paying royalties to the local licensing agency Roms. While Roms itself says it operates within the law, it freely admits that much of its music was obtained without first speaking to the artists or their labels. Russia recently agreed with US demands to close down several websites -- including -- in the hopes of one day joining the US in international trade.

by MacNN Staff



  1. coldfusion1970

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Shut em down

    Its about time this scam site was shut down.

    I dont know how they have the gall to say that they are trading legally.

    Is it really so hard to purchase your music from the ITMS?

  1. lemuel777

    Joined: Dec 1969



    When the music you're looking for is not available on iTunes. Most new and rare music was available on in the compression and bitrate of your choice. It was a great model for pricing of music downloads. The longer the song and higher the bitrate the more you pay for it and that's what customers are looking for is choice. So yes it is difficult to buy music on iTunes.

  1. zac4mac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I thought everybody...

    ...knew this place was as legitamate as buying a stereo out of the back of a van on a side street in NYC. Yeah, you bought it, paid for it, you just paid the wrong person.


  1. e:leaf

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If it is legal

    in Russia, then the site is legal, period. It's like arresting someone for selling marijuana seeds to an American in Amsterdam because it is illegal in the US.

    I hope the RIAA wastes millions of dollars just to lose this case.

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