French collecting societies SACEM and SPPF are claiming victory after taking action against Paris-based music service

SACEM, which represents songwriters and publishers, and SPPF, which represents independent labels, separately issued cease and desist letters to the owner of Blogmusik two weeks ago.

The letters were followed by a request to BlogMusik's Web hosting provider, based in Roubaix, France, which last week cut access to all music files on the music service.

According to the societies, Blogmusik was offering free, unlimited on-demand streaming music based on music available on the Internet, without having cleared the necessary rights.

In a statement issued this week, SPPF director general Jérôme Roger states that the LEN, a law on digital economy passed in France in 2004, had "proved its efficiency" in this case. Through the LEN law, he explained, Web hosting providers now have the legal obligation to intervene if they are notified about the illegal nature of a service that they host.

Roger tells that similar actions have subsequently been taken against Radioblog, a popular Paris-based music service.

A number of other online services are currently operating in France without having cleared the rights with the music industry, he says, including MySpace France and user-generated-content based service, which was launched last year by French Channel TF1.

Roger said he hoped to reach a settlement with such services, similar to the agreement SPFF struck with French video-sharing site Dailymotion in January.