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CD-WOW! ordered to pay damages for music imports

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 20 Mar 2007 18:03 User comments (6)

CD-WOW! ordered to pay damages for music imports CD-WOW!, the second largest online music retailer in Britain, may have to pay millions of pounds for importing CDs from Asia. Besides the damages, which could be around £4 per CD or DVD, CD-WOW! was also ordered to pay legal costs for the British Phonographic Institute (the British equivalent of the RIAA) and the other claimants in the case.
Justice Evans-Lombe said there was "strong evidence that CDWOW! was committing widespread breach of the undertakings", referring to an agreement CD-WOW! reached with the BPI in January of 2004. The agreement settled a similar complaint at that time. The company's founder, Henrik Wesslen said afterwards that the breaches of the agreement were "not intentional."

Wesslen told reporters "We knew the verdict was always going to be a negative one because we held our hands up to a number of incidents," but called it "a harsher verdict than we would have hoped for." He went on to say "At a time when the record industry is losing vast revenue to piracy, it seems ludicrous that they can set out to destroy a section of the market that is actually making them money."


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6 user comments

121.3.2007 3:45

All hail the media mafia killing business's since 1914
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221.3.2007 4:50

they are being sued for selling LEGAL copies???

so when they can´t get any $$$ from the illegal downloading/sharing they go after their own???

sheesh...

321.3.2007 5:39

Originally posted by tefarko:
they are being sued for selling LEGAL copies???

so when they can´t get any $$$ from the illegal downloading/sharing they go after their own???

sheesh...
you forget you pay taxes you pay to import you pay the music nazis import and right to sale fees and you pay to take a dump to.
if you don't pay they will start flinging sht!

421.3.2007 11:19

lol so true but who cares in 10-15 after these evil empire is gone we will all be laughing at what a stupid and un-needed concept the RIAA is.

521.3.2007 14:34
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Just reinforces my belief that the bpi is run by a bunch of pathetic
morons who are motivated by greed.

622.3.2007 7:14

Originally posted by plutonash:
lol so true but who cares in 10-15 after these evil empire is gone we will all be laughing at what a stupid and un-needed concept the RIAA is.
But they will never be gone...

Most folks forget who really hides behind the RIAA moniker. While most of the small labels are just puppets, it's the giants like Warner , Sony, Bertelsmann, Vivendi, etc. that are pulling all the strings.

So lets call it like it is... By buying that new and expensive Sony LCD TV or PS3 system, you just contribute to their cause. Congrats...

(Of course I do not want to single out Sony here... GE owns 80% stake in the Vivendi Universal Entertainment, so I cannot imagine General Electric being out of business in 10 to 15 either)

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