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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

French Music Body Sues Allofmp3

PARIS -- A French music industry body said Friday that it had filed a lawsuit against two Russian web sites accused by record companies of illegally selling pirated music.

The Civil Society of Record Producers has filed a lawsuit in the French courts against X-Media and Mediaservices, the operators of Allofmp3.com and Mp3sugar.com, society spokeswoman Anouchka Roggeman said.

Both sites sell albums for as little as $1, but record companies say they do so without permission. Mediaservices, which owns Allofmp3.com, maintains that it pays 15 percent royalties on the sales, in compliance with Russian law.

The French suit follows similar moves by U.S., Danish, and British record companies. Warner Bros. Records, Capitol Records, UMG Recordings and Arista Records are among those in a group that filed a suit in New York last month, demanding unspecified damages from Mediaservices.

The State Duma passed in a second reading an amendment to laws on copyright violation and counterfeit branding on Friday that would introduce stricter penalties, Rossiskaya Gazeta reported Saturday.