Music label trade association the BPI has secured permission to launch legal action against Russian music download service AllofMP3.com.
The labels want the service to be declared illegal.
The BPI issued proceedings late on Thursday 29 June against the operator of the site and was given permission by the UK High Court to serve those proceedings in Russia. This means the court has agreed that the case against AllofMP3 can be heard in a UK court despite the fact that the company is based in Russia.
BPI General Counsel Roz Groome says: “This is an important step forward in our battle against AllofMP3.com. We have maintained all along that this site is illegal and that the operator of the site is breaking UK law by making sound recordings available to UK based customers without the permission of the copyright owners. Now we will have the opportunity to demonstrate in the UK courts the illegality of this site."
Groome first revealed the BPI plan to sue AllofMP3.com at a hearing of the Parliamentary Culture Media and Sport Select Committee on 6 June.
The BPI has been concerned that AllofMP3 has portrayed itself as a cut-price but legal site. “The reason AllofMP3.com downloads are cheap, is that neither the artists nor the record companies are being paid," says Groome. "It is only the operator of the site who is benefiting from the sales to UK customers."