First court order to block website piracy in Russia - report
MOSCOW, February 13 (RAPSI) - S.B.A. Music Publishing, a subsidiary of Warner Music Russia, has succeeded in a suit to close the www.tracksflow.com domain, Vedomosti reported Thursday.
The Moscow Commercial Court ordered domain administrators, Tsifrovaya Laboratoriya company and Boris Golikov, to pay 1.5 mln rubles ($43,165) for copyright infringement for the song by MakSim. The court order sets a precedent that significantly increases chances for copyright holders to win similar suits, the National Federation of Music Industry believes.
The copyright holders in this case managed to prove that the website was involved in piracy. They provided official letters from the copyright holders, including Sony Music and Warner Music, which deny signing any contracts with www.tracksflow.com. Golikov also admitted in the social media that there were no agreements with the copyright holders.
Boris Golikov founded Fidel.ru, a music website that was popular in Russia before it was closed in 2012 because the copyright costs exceeded the profits from the music sold. “Russians prefer pirated music content and are not willing to pay for online music,” Golikov explained at the time.