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"Anti-piracy" settlements
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-02-28
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Source: Mi2N - February 21, 2002

Damages to the tune of US$665,000 have been obtained from CD distributors found to have, "distributed infringing recordings," says the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) with a membership of 1400 record producers and distributors in 76 countries.

Under the most recent agreement signed last week between IFPI and individuals and companies in Denmark and Luxembourg, "IFPI will receive compensation of approximately US$90,000" "says the organization. "The parties concerned have admitted liability relating to the distribution from Luxembourg of bootleg recordings by artists such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Jamiroquai, Madonna, Prince and the Rolling Stones over several years."

In separate agreements, two Swiss companies accepted responsibility for making and distributing recordings licensed to them by Global Arts Productions, a US company, "that issued a number of fraudulent licenses to various European companies in the late 1990s for back catalogue repertoire including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Simon & Garfunkel, Roy Orbison, Joe Cocker and Cat Stevens," added the IFPI.

"US$150,000 was paid to IFPI by Snake's Music, a Polish company that had also distributed sound recordings licensed to it by Global Arts Productions in the period 1997 to 1999. A further agreement was signed with a Polish company in respect of the manufacture and distribution of product fraudulently licensed to it by Global Arts Productions."

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