(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — An international anti-piracy action by IFPI and BPI representing record companies worldwide and in the UK, has led to the removal of over 50,000 tracks and albums being offered for sale at the website jetgroove.com.
Jetgroove claimed that they would pay royalties to the copyright owners based on the material that was actually downloaded, but the website prompted numerous complaints from IFPI and BPI members on the grounds that these tracks were being made available without permission.
The content providers were based in Moscow and the Domain Name Server & streams were hosted on U.S. servers. IFPI sent a strongly worded cease and desist notice to the content providers requesting the immediate removal of the infringing material.
BPI Director of Anti-Piracy David Martin said:
"Whether its individuals illegally uploading files to peer-to-peer networks or companies seeking to make money out of our members' copyrights without permission, the BPI's anti-piracy unit is here to protect our members' rights."
Although none of the current remaining tracks and albums are believed to be infringing members' copyrights, the BPI and IFPI will continue to monitor the site. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen