A Federal Court judge in Sydney last Friday (July 30) ordered five Sydney club DJs to pay a total of A$140,000 ($98,000) in compensation after they pleaded guilty to copyright infringement.

A Federal Court judge in Sydney last Friday (July 30) ordered five Sydney club DJs to pay a total of A$140,000 ($98,000) in compensation after they pleaded guilty to copyright infringement.

The court heard that Jun Miyamoto (DJ Moto), David Pacjeco (Chocolate Boy Wonder), Peter Papalii (DJ Peter Gunz), Tahi Croft (DJ Demo) and Nick Gracia (D-Day Tikelz) produced and distributed 1,200 copies of the illegal "Black Label" mixes. Tracks by Ja Rule, Jennifer Lopez and Missy Elliot featured on the compilations.

Universal Music Australia, Sony Music Entertainment Australia and Warner Music Australia had initiated the legal case in 2002.

The court also fined Sydney store Anthem Records and its director Joe Sitoa for promoting the CDs.

Michael Speck, GM of the Music Industry Piracy Investigation (MIPI) unit described the conduct of the DJs and Anthem Records as "one of the most flagrant infringements of copyright" by DJs in Australia. "Given who these people are, it can't be seen as anything other than the worst kind of copyright infringement," Speck adds.

Speck notes that piracy has become endemic in the DJ market with pirate mixes openly advertised and sold throughout stores in major capital cities.

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