Record labels sue Russian music Web site

“Several major record labels sued the operator of the Russian music website, claiming the company has been profiting by selling copies of music without their permission,” The Associated Press reports.

AP reports, “The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in New York against Moscow-based Mediaservices, which owns AllofMP3 and another music site,”

“A slate of major record labels, including Arista Records LLC, Warner Bros. Records Inc., Capitol Records Inc. and UMG Recordings Inc., are behind the lawsuit,” AP reports.

AP reports, “The labels claim Mediaservices’ sites sell millions of songs by their artists without paying them “a dime” for the right to do so.”

Full article here.

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  1. I totally agree that record companies are greedy arseholes who should be shot and spewed on, but why do most people seem to forget that the musicians get totally ripped off when music’s stolen?!

    Instead of getting the pathetic little amount the record companies grant them from each sale which helps them to e-v-e-n-t-u-a-l-l-y pay off their debts to the record company, they get absolutely NOTHING. If you hate the record companies, fine, but if people like the musicians enough to want their music I think they (the musos) should be paid something. Otherwise they’re getting screwed twice – once by the shylocks they’re contractually bound to, and again by their fans.

    Yeah, I’m sure the likes of the Rolling Stones, U2, etc. would survive quite comfortably without having to sell many more CDs, but rampant piracy also affects the likes of the local band that pays $20k to have an album recorded, mixed and mastered (not to mention the 100’s of hours they’ve put into creating the music) only to find their ‘fans’ pirating their music while the band can’t even sell that first batch of 500 CDs they paid to have replicated.

    Maybe bands should have a PayPal “donate” button on their website. That’d enable fans to pirate their music but still pay something to the band, whilst leaving the record companies completely out of the picture.

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