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Danish Court Orders ISP To Block Access To Allofmp3.com

by Ulrika Lomas, for LawAndTax-News.com, Brussels

01 November 2006


It emerged last week that a Danish court has delivered a fresh blow to illegal music website allofmp3.com, in a ruling that will make it harder for users to access the site.

The court on Wednesday ordered the internet provider Tele2 to block its subscribers' access to the illegal Russian music service.

The action comes in the wake of the news that Visa has removed its services from allofmp3.com, and follows on from a court ruling against it in Germany and separate legal proceedings in several countries including Russia, Italy and the UK.

According to the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry:

"Allofmp3.com claims to be licensed by a Russian-based society ROMS, but ROMS has no mandate from international rights owners to license the site in or outside Russia and under the copyright laws of virtually every country in the world, including Russia, it is illegal to distribute recordings without the permission of the rights owners."

John Kennedy, chairman and chief executive of IFPI, which represents the recording industry worldwide, commented:

"This judgment is one more step along the road to getting this rogue site closed down. Allofmp3.com illegally offers for sale copies of music that it has no right to reproduce or distribute. It provides unfair competition to the nearly 400 legal sites worldwide that respect the rights of composers, artists and record producers."

The case was filed in the enforcement court of the Copenhagen City Court on 13th July 2006 by IFPI Denmark, representing the Danish recording industry.


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