Former AllOfMP3.com Owner Facing Jail Time
July 25, 2007 at 8:20 AM (PT)
DENIS KVASOV, the former owner of RUSSIAN music site ALLOFMP3.COM, has been charged with violating intellectual property laws in a MOSCOW court, reports UK's THE REGISTER. He faces a three-year jail sentence and a 15-million ruble (420,000EUR) fine in damages to record companies EMI, WARNER and UNIVERSAL.
ALLOFMP3.COM, the UK's second most popular source for music downloads after ITUNES, was shut down earlier this month after diplomatic pressure was piled on RUSSIAN authorities.
ALLOFMP3 still maintains it didn't do anything illegal. RUSSIAN collection societies are allowed to license music to companies without securing permission from the music's copyright holder. The RUSSIAN ORGANISATION FOR MULTIMEDIA AND DIGITAL SYSTEMS (ROMS) got 15% of the revenue, but Western music bodies insist the collection societies do not represent them.