ajor record labesl sued Russian music web site AllofMp3.com on Wednesday claiming that the site was profiting illegally from their music.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in New York against Moscow-based Mediaservices, which owns AllofMP3 and another music site, allTunes.com. Mediaservices is accused of selling music without paying required fees to the artists or their labels.
[The] defendant's entire business ... amounts to nothing more than a massive infringement of plaintiffs' exclusive rights under the Copyright Act and New York law, the labels said in the law suit.
The music companies are seeking a court order against Mediaservices and unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
AllofMP3 typically charges under $1 for an entire album and just cents per track.