14 Russian Record Labels Plans To Sue Nokia And Samsung Over Not Paying Dues To Copyright Holders, Mobile Giants Owes Them $41 Million

Posted on Mar 16 2012 - 11:21am by Editorial Staff

Nokia and Samsung found themselves in the mess again – this time a group of 14 Russian record labels and music publishing companies saying that the Finnish and Korean mobile giant, among others, have been breaking their country’s laws since 2010, according to Russian publication Gazeta.ru. The companies owes 1.2 billion rubles (about $41 million), according to the copyright holders.

The group of copyright owners includes Gala Records and Melodiya, estimating that they have lost 1.2 billion rubles so far and if the condition continues the companies are in the urge to boycott Nokia and Samsung by no longer giving them permission to use their content. They’re also planning to sue Nokia and Samsung, along with 18 unnamed other companies, in order to force them to pay due fees to the Russian Copyright Owners’ Union.

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