British-based record distributor Tring Intl. and its sister company, Long Island Music, have sued the international music convention and exhibition MIDEM for 2 million francs.The action in the Paris Commercial Court comes as a result of MIDEM’s expulsion of Tring during the annual Cannes event Jan. 28. Tring, British distributor Sound Solutions and American classical/jazz company Everest Record Group all were ousted for allegedly distributing product without securing the proper licensing. At that time, MIDEM barred the companies from attending the confab for the next two years. Tring reinstated But Tring successfully petitioned the Paris court for reintegration, with the court ruling that MIDEM was in contractual violation by expelling them. Tring managing director Mark Levinson said the companies’ reputations had been commercially harmed by the expulsion, and that MIDEM’s statements to the press had concentrated on the negative nature of the ejection rather than the positive aspects of the reinstatement. “They (MIDEM) took it upon themselves to act as judge and jury when they illegally expelled Tring Intl. and Long Island from MIDEM,” said Levinson. “They must now face the consequences of their illegal action.” Exex for MIDEM could not be reached for comment. Merit Manufacturing, like Sound Solutions a component of parent company the Phonomatic Group, earlier won a Netherlands district court injunction against Dutch mechanical rights society STEMRA, which had led to the allegations against Sound Solutions, claiming its MIDEM sampler was in violation of copyright laws. STEMRA was ordered to return the product and equipment it had seized from Merit.
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