Russian service sells albums for $1.
Representatives for U.K. labels' trade body the BPI today (June 6) confirmed that they would pursue rogue Russian download service Allofmp3.com in court for copyright infringement.
Speaking at a House of Commons select committee, BPI general counsel Roz Groome said," AllofMP3.com is illegal under U.K. law and it is illegal to download from it."
Groome said the BPI would sue the Russian operation via the British legal system. "We are going to sue AllofMP3.com in the U.K. courts -- we are going to seek a judgment not against the users of the site, but against the site itself."
AllofMP3.com's claims to be legal are false, she added, with neither artists nor record companies receiving payments from the site.
The service today was offering downloads of frontline album titles such as Tool's "10,000 Days," Snow Patrol's "Eyes Open," Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way" and Pink's "I'm Not Dead" for roughly $1.
Groome was joined with BPI chairman Peter Jamieson and Mark Richardson, managing director of the Independiente label, to give oral evidence to the select committee for Culture, Media & Sport inquiry into new media and the creative industries. Select committees are responsible for scrutinizing the work of government.
During the session, Jamieson reiterated the importance of extending the term of copyright for sound recordings from the current 50 years to 95 years.
"British music is one of Britain's greatest ambassadors, but failure to extend term could turn an export into an import," he noted. "If we lose the Crown Jewels of British music, little money will flow back to the U.K."
The Gowers Review of Intellectual Property is due to present its report on Britain's term of copyright in late 2006.