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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

British Court Allows MP3 Site Lawsuit

LONDON -- The British music industry's trade group has been cleared to sue the controversial Russian music download site AllofMP3.com in London's High Court.

AllofMP3.com, which offers album downloads for as little as ?1 ($1.85), is Britain's second-most popular online music service behind Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store, according to one survey.

The site claims to be in compliance with local copyright laws, but music labels say they have not given permission for AllofMP3.com to sell their songs.

The High Court has given its approval to serve legal proceedings against AllofMP3.com and its owner, Media Services, in Russia ahead of a UK court case, the British Phonographic Institute, or BPI, said in a statement Monday.

"The reason AllofMP3.com downloads are cheap is that neither the artists nor the record companies are being paid," said BPI General Counsel Roz Groome.