The British recording industry is one stage closer to closing down the rogue Russian download site AllofMP3.com.

The British recording industry is one stage closer to closing down the rogue Russian download site AllofMP3.com.

The BPI said today (July 3) it has been given permission by the U.K. High Court to serve proceedings against the Russia service.

"This is an important step forward in our battle against AllofMP3.com," comments BPI General Counsel Roz Groome. "We have maintained all along that this site is illegal and that the operator of the site is breaking U.K law by making sound recordings available to U.K. based customers without the permission of the copyright owners. Now we will have the opportunity to demonstrate in the U.K. courts the illegality of this site."

Groome first revealed the BPI's ambition to sue AllofMP3.com in a U.K. court when she spoke June 6 at the British Parliamentary Culture Media & Sport Select Committee.

AllofMP3.com's claims to be legal are false, the BPI maintains, with neither artists nor record companies receiving payments from the site.

The service currently offers downloads of frontline album titles such as Nelly Furtado's "Loose," Keane's "Under the Iron Sea," and Shakira's "Oral Fixationo, Vol. 2" for less than £1 ($1.80).