to face the music?

— 5:07 AM on February 23, 2005

The individuals behind Russian music site may finally be charged with copyright infringement. The site has been offering DRM-free music downloads for just pennies per megabyte for some time, and has always maintained that it has the necessary licenses to do so. Moscow City Police's Computer Crimes division disagrees, though.

After long-standing complaints, the Moscow City Police Computer Crimes division completed an investigation earlier this month and recommended that prosecutors charge the site's operators with criminal copyright infringement.

"We have consistently said that is not licensed to distribute our members' repertoire in Russia or anywhere else," Igor Pozhitkov, regional director of IFPI Moscow--part of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry--said in a statement. "We are pleased that the police are bringing this important case to the attention of the prosecutor."

If it sounds too good to be legal, it probably isn't.
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