Spanish labels have won a lengthy campaign to close the country's oldest download site, weblisten.com. The service, which claimed 300,000 titles, shuttered its operations after a May 31 Madrid court d

Spanish labels have won a lengthy campaign to close the country's oldest download site, weblisten.com. The service, which claimed 300,000 titles, shuttered its operations after a May 31 Madrid court decision.

The criminal court yesterday ordered the portal's immediate closure, the destruction of its music data banks and other materials used "in the commission of crimes against intellectual property."

Weblisten legal adviser Roberto Sánchez confirmed the closure. He tells Billboard.biz, "We have put up the closed sign and will not be appealing the judge's decision. The labels have won, but it took them seven years."

Weblisten had been in litigation with Spanish music industry executives almost since its creation in 1997. Most recently, Sony BMG Spain on May 9 withdrew 7,561 songs from the service after winning a separate court battle.

Antonio Guisasola, president of record company trade association Promusicae and labels' rights body Agedi says, "Justice has been done" with the Website's closure. An Agedi statement says the court's decision "clarifies the panorama of online music distribution, and contributes decisively to the development of a legal online music offer of quality.

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