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Music org tunes out suit

IFPI dismisses consumers' group's action

BRUSSELS — International recording industry body the IFPI has dismissed the writ served by Belgian consumers’ org Test Achats against record labels EMI, Universal, Sony and BMG.

“European law is clear that record companies and other copyright holders have the right to protect their works through technical means,” org said Tuesday. “This is particularly important to discourage widespread unauthorised copying and Internet distribution of recorded music.”

The Belgian consumer group is arguing that antipiracy technology used by the four majors (Warner has not been named in the writ) should be banned as it prevents legal private copies from being made and renders the discs useless on equipment like PCs and car stereos. The lawsuit is expected to be heard this week.

The IFPI counts as members more than 1,500 record companies, including independents and majors, in more than 70 countries.

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