Music download service Jetgroove.com has removed more than 50,000 copyright-infringing tracks and albums after the recorded music industry instigated anti-piracy action against it.

Music download service Jetgroove.com has removed more than 50,000 copyright-infringing tracks and albums after the recorded music industry instigated anti-piracy action against it.

The IFPI and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) issued cease-and-desist letters in response to members' complaints on the Russian-based service. Various labels had claimed that thousands of unauthorized titles were available to download from the service. JetGroove had insisted it would pay royalties to copyright holders for the tracks sold.

Declaring itself to be the "first legal service for mp3 downloads," Jetgroove launched a beta version on Oct. 5 with downloads priced at $0.99. Although it was based in Moscow, Jetgroove's domain name server and streaming servers were hosted in the United States.

Although none of the current remaining titles are believed to be infringing their members' copyrights, the BPI and IFPI say they will continue to monitor the site.

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