Agency secures relief of royalties for Muse concert
MOSCOW, November 16 - RAPSI. A commercial court has relieved the Melnitsa concert agency of any obligation to pay royalties to the Russian Copyright Society for songs performed by the Muse and We Are Scientists bands during a Moscow concert in May, the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) reports.
On October 21, the judge sided with the agency and declared null and void the license agreement entered into between the society and the agency two days before the concert.
The agency argued that when signing the agreement it could not have known which songs the musicians would play at the concert. During the performance, the groups only played their own songs. Consequently, the agency does not have to pay the society any royalties, as the performers were paid for their work directly after the concert.
The judgment reads that the agreement is deemed invalid because its subject matter was not agreed upon.