IFPI steps up offensive against illegal CD production in Russia
Moscow, March 11, 2004
The international recording industry today announced the filing of compensation claims in excess of one million dollars against the Roff Technologies optical disc plant in Russia. It is alleged that the plant is behind the unauthorised manufacture of CDs containing international repertoire by artists including Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and U2.
This is the second major set of claims filed against a Russian CD plant since IFPI announced its offensive at the end of last year, targeting plants in Russia believed to be supplying the country's lucrative trade in pirate discs.
Jay Berman, Chairman and CEO of IFPI said: "We are committed to an ongoing campaign to address the growing threat from plants in Russia that are manufacturing infringing product that appears on the international market. The Russian authorities have a responsibility to take firmer enforcement action to deal with this threat not only to Russia's talented but blighted music market, but also to halt its international distribution of pirate discs to other parts of the world."
IFPI has coordinated the claims on behalf of its member companies alleging that the plant, part of the Concord group of companies, manufactured counterfeit discs by artists Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen, Daft Punk, David Bowie, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Osbourne, Linkin Park, Missy Elliot, Mariah Carey, Moby, Nelly, TLC, Toploader, and U2 among others.
The plaintiff companies are claiming a combined indemnity of 40 million roubles, or US$1,400,000. They are also asking that Roff Technologies halts further production of the titles alleged to have been illegally manufactured, and for the confiscation of machinery and equipment used to produce them.
A preliminary hearing for one of the claims was held on March 3 and another has been set for March 15. The remaining six claims are currently with the Moscow City Appeal Court on a procedural issue, and preliminary hearings are expected to be set in due course.
In the coming months, IFPI plans to file further claims against CD plants in the Russian Federation that have engaged in the manufacture of illegal CDs.
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