Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Visa can't block Allofmp3.com

It might seem to be a moot point with Allofmp3.com currently switched off, but a Russian court has ruled that Visa has no right to refuse to process payments for Allofmp3 or similar sites. In what appears to be the first legal ruling on the legitimacy of AllofMP3, the court found against Visa's claims the site was illegal as it was paying royalty rates to ROM, a Russian rights agency (although, crucially, not part of the RIAA-IFPI global grouping).

The court did allow that rights holders were free to pursue actions against AllofMP3, but since neither Visa nor the IFPI hold any of the rights they were "protecting", they had no legal basis for their complaints, according to reports from Russian IT site Cnews.

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