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9Sky loses internet music piracy case to R2G

25 Aug 2006
The Shanghai No 1 Intermediate People's Court has ordered Shanghai-based website 9sky.com to compensate digital music distributor R 2G for providing unlicensed internet music streaming and downloading services - reportedly the first successful case of its kind for R 2G involving piracy of online music.

Shanghai Yue Sheng Technology, the owner of 9Sky, was ordered to cease sales of the pirated full-length music streaming and download services immediately and also to compensate R 2G the sum of RMB 89,000 ($11,160).

Since April 2005, R 2G has been the assigned exclusive music publishing rights distributor of Universal Music Publishing. In June 2005, 9Sky was found to be providing streaming and downloading services for 11 of Universal Music Publishing's titles without authorisation. R 2G subsequently requested 9Sky to stop the violation but as the latter had failed to comply, R 2G decided to sue 9Sky in July 2005.

This case involving online full-length music service piracy follows R 2G 's recent successful lawsuits against China.com and Hurray Solutions for the unlicensed use of ringtone applications for songs by Taiwanese singer Jay Chou.
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