Suit contends songs sold without permission

Arista Records, Warner Bros., Capitol and UMG are suing a Russian-based musical downloading service, claiming its sites are providing songs to consumers without the labels’ permission.

Mediaservices operates and, both of which are selling songs with royalties going to a Russian licensing group. The labels argue that the group doesn’t have the authority to distribute royalties properly. sells albums for approximately $1 and charges only a few cents for individual songs, compared to iTunes, which sells albums for around $10.

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